When it comes to distractions, temptations, and the ugly side of the internet, I could write a book. Oh… wait a minute I did write a book. After doing research on this topic, I know where many of the sites in question are just a click away. These days I don’t visit those sites. I’m long done with it on a personal level and am no longer in any ‘research’ mode. Still, there are times I find myself wasting time online looking for something ‘edgy.’ It’s not the same as the hardcore addiction that many deal with, but it’s probably trying to feed the same beast. Or simply be a stepping stone to the next site, which would be more ‘edgy.’
So, in an effort to respond to the calling that God extends to everyone — to walk in greater degrees of purity and holiness — about ten days ago I taped a little yellow piece of paper to the bottom of my monitor that simply says, “Good Choices, Better Choices, Best Choices.” I believe that many of the choices we face in life are not a matter of “Good versus bad;” but rather, “Good versus Better versus Best.” (Capital letters intentional.)
And ya know what? It works. It really helps me stay focused on what I’m spending time online doing. If you’re in a position where this applies to you, try it and let me know how it changes what you do on the net. And if it’s someone else who uses the same computer who might have an issue with this, tape it to the monitor for them, too. And if your kids have their own computer, tape it to theirs, and insist they leave it in place.