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The State of The Tech Wise Family

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Matthew 12:48–50 ESV
But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
Matthew 12:46–50 ESV
46 While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. 48 But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49 And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
matt 12:48
Jesus mother and siblings, he understood, as those who do the will of God.
Couldn’t we also, on Mother’s Day, turn the phrase a bit for the moms in the room that your sons and daughters — similarly — are those who do the will of God?
And Moms, don’t you have those days that are easier than others to say of your kiddos, “That one isn’t doing the will of God, so I don’t know who you are talking about.”
Isaiah and the burning of the 10 acres.

The Tech Wise Family by Andy Couch

How does technology make life easier?
Makes more information available
More connected with family and friends
How does technology make life more difficult?
Waste a lot of time — 42%
Struggle with being distracted/interrupted — 40%

Couch’s Suggestions of Wisdom:

Deuteronomy 6:4–9 ESV
4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Preteens — 52% have a phone while 48% do not
Teenagers — 88% have a phone while 12% do not

From teenage years on, we better have some wisdom from the Bible on how to interact with technology in our families. Here are some suggestions:

Your family creates more than your family consumes.

Mark Friz’s living room
Picture the main living area of your house… what do you see?
Ephesians 2:8–10 ESV
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Establish a Tech Rhythm

Exodus 20:9–10 ESV
9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.
Exodus 20
Exodus 23:10–11 ESV
10 “For six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield, 11 but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the beasts of the field may eat. You shall do likewise with your vineyard, and with your olive orchard.
One hour a day. One day a week. One week a year. DEVICES OFF!
Mark 2:27 ESV
27 And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
Do you know the percentage of adults that set aside one day a week for rest? 14%
What do you do on your day of rest?
44% do enjoyable work
37% do non-enjoyable work
19% do no work
Some Suggestions for distance from phones:
Wake up before your device. They go to bed before we do.
Don’t sleep with your device.
70% of parents sleep with their phones
72% of preteens sleep with their phones
82% of teens sleep with their phones
Vacations disappear with cell phones
The point of Sabbath

When a Screen is on, we are together and we have a purpose.

Study shows the majority of families do well at the supper table.
The living room is the most used room in the house. By far.
You may not be sure what to watch or how to use a screen.
Parental Guidance vs Guiding Parents

Show Up in Person

The Stuff you know about...
The Stuff you don’t know about...
Genesis 1:31 ESV
31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Technology is a good thing… and wisdom is required.
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