What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that. Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily. (Galatians 2:19-21 MSG)
iHave been a pretty good Pharisee throughout my Christian life. iLived most of my life to impress. iWanted God to applaud my righteousness and approve of my disciplines. Where is my robe today? What is the length of its tassels? iThought that iHad "died to self" but in reality iGuess that iHad just dressed up my EGO. iStill like to get my way, go to the restaurant of my choice and pick my movie.
Ego: the “i” or self of any person; a person as thinking, feeling, and willing, and distinguishing itself from the selves of others and from objects of its thought.
We live in a wonderful day. We have available to us more modern conveniences than at any time in history. iCan actually remember staying with my aunt, as a child, who didn't even have indoor plumbing. iGrew up with one black and white television, which only got three stations. Oh, my two brothers and iShared one bedroom and one bathroom for many years. In our teen years, not only did we not have cell phones, we all shared one landline, which was located in the kitchen.
What am iSaying? "Alter egos" were not allowed; we were all forced to alter our egos for the good of all. There were no big shots because we all shared everything. Ego is not necessarily a bad thing if we know how to use it. The problem with ego is that it has a tendency to separate us from others and from servanthood. A very famous man put it this way. "We need a strong ego but not a big ego." A strong ego is what gives us the confidence to do what God has called us to do and prevent us from being overcome by our weaknesses. Think about it as I listen to music on my iPod.
Today iHave an iPhone and an iPad that deliver iMessages to me so that iCan do whatever iNeed and iWant to do. And, iOften find myself unaware of other's needs or iDon't care enough to ask what they need because iAm consumed with my iEquipment. How can iForget and not see so easily and readily the pains of others since iCloud stores it all? We all need to go buy some iDrops to clear up this major iDisease. We may actually need iSurgery. Look, iAm not against all of our modern day technology but iCan promise you that if the only means of communication that iHad today was a landline in the kitchen iWould not be where iAm today . iWouldn't have been able to covertly iSolate myself from necessary accountability.
Can iNow turn things around, the crisis that iCreated? Maybe the bigger question is will iCare more about others needs, desires and feelings than my own as iMove toward recovery? iHope so.
iReally don't think that technology is evil. And, iDon't even think that human intentions are bad but too much "i" separates me from all of "u" incredible people who make me better.
Technology was once a servant to our purposes but now we are becoming slaves to these iDevices. Nothing can ever take the place of human relationships, especially those of our family. Take it from me, iKnow.
Albert Einstein said, "I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.".
iReally don't think that there is an iProblem that cannot be solved when iDetermine that the Great "IAm" is more important than iAm.
Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “ I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘ I am has sent me to you.’ ” God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ “This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation. (Exodus 3:13-15 NIV)
iBecame the great iAm in my life. I took back what iGave to God...my life and my will. Thus, iFailed. iAm incapable of making life work without the real iAm, the @iReal_God. So, today iSurrender!