March 26, 2012

Disconnected

Posted in Christianity at 9:36 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)

While social networking has allowed us to connect with more people than ever, it has also fostered a strong sense of disconnection. Instead of calling someone on the phone to talk or meeting with her in person, we spend hours in front of our computers, ignoring our families and friends in the process as we socialize with people we often barely know. Because we can read about their lives on the Internet, we feel as if we know them. While social networking has many advantages, allowing us to catch up with friends and family and network with colleagues, an unfortunate reality is that when we spend too much time using it, we often end up neglecting those closest to us. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 9, 2012

Control Issues

Posted in Christianity at 8:07 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” (Luke 12:24-25)

As a perfectionist, I realize that I often have difficulty completing certain tasks that should be easy. When I pour myself into something, I know there should be a point that should be “good enough,” but somehow, I often never reach the point that is “good enough” for me. I always think that there’s room for improvement, whether I’m writing and looking for the perfect descriptive word, completing a home improvement project and looking for accessories to compliment the color I just painted the bathroom, or moving pictures on a scrapbook layout until everything is spaced evenly. Read the rest of this entry »