Thursday, June 10th, 2010
"All Athenians and the foreigners sojourning there would spend their leisure time at nothing but telling something or listening to something new." (Acts 17:21)
Influences from the world along with inherited imperfection incline us to use time purely for our own enjoyment or personal benefit. True, "for everything there is an appointed time," including pleasurable relaxation and secular employment to enable us to fulfill our Christian obligations. (Ecclesiastes 3:1) However, a dedicated Christian needs to stay balanced and use his time wisely. Today, many waste their time as did those in Athens. Modern distractions include watching television, playing video games, and surfing the Internet. More and more distractions increasingly compete for our time. If we give in to them, we may neglect our spiritual needs. We might even come to believe that we are too busy to care for "the more important things"—matters related to serving Jehovah.—Philippians 1:9, 10.
(Watchtower issue: 10/15/08, 5:12, 13)
I've always though that the Internet is like one big Athenian forum of people seeking and sharing knowledge all day.