(Proverbs 28:19 KJV) He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
The key word in this verse is “vain” (empty NASB) (7386). Don’t get distracted by the fact that you are not a farmer or smug if you are. This is not the basis for Thomas Jefferson wanting a nation of yeoman farmers. Also don’t get hung up on “poverty” (7389). The key concern is how we tend to spend our time on trivial gratifications.
Think about all the time people spend on social media today. I obviously blog and I use e-mail. I have a smart phone but I try to keep it as dumb as possible. There is a certain amount of modern technology that can add to the richness of life. It is awesome to Skype with my daughter and see my granddaughter try to touch my nose on the screen. The problem is when it consumes us. I recently was forced to visit a major shopping mall on a Saturday. It is amazing to see how many people go through their day with their nose on a smart phone. I don’t think they are reading their bibles.
So? Don’t let gadgets or social conventions steal your life. I accept that is easy to say and hard to do.