“the noun covers all of our existence—rational and relational, active, reactive, and passive—with all its aims, hopes, fears, joys, dreams, plans, powers, bonds and problems; and the adjective is saying that each part of it, always and everywhere, morning, noon and night, should be shaped by the realities of Christianity. 1” from “Packer on the Christian Life: Knowing God in Christ, Walking by the Spirit” by Sam Storms

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smartphones a mirror of our true desires

Too often what my phone exposes in me is not the holy desires of what I know I should want, not even what I think I want, and especially not what I want you to think I want. My phone screen divulges in razor-sharp pixels what my heart really wants.22 The glowing screen on my phone projects into my eyes the desires and loves that live in the most abstract corners of my heart and soul, finding visible expression in pixels of images, video, and text for me to see and consume and type and share. This means that whatever happens on my smartphone, especially under the guise of anonymity, is the true exposé of my heart, reflected in full-color pixels back into my eyes. Honestly, this may explain the passcodes. To get into a phone is to peek into the interior of another’s soul, and we may be too ashamed for others to see what we clicked and opened and chased around online. What could be more unsettling? If we are honest enough to face our smartphone habits, and use the pages ahead as an invitation to commune with God, we can expect to find grace for our digital failures and for our digital futures. God loves us deeply, and he is eager to give us everything we need in the digital age. The spilled blood of his Son proves it.23 We need his grace as we evaluate the place of smartphones—the pros and the cons—in the trajectory of our eternal lives. If we fluff it, not only will we suffer now, but generations after us will pay the price. (quoted from Tony Reinke new book)

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