It is everywhere we look on the web. In the margins of news sites, subject-lines of emails, and countless social media posts, we find dramatic celebrity “news.”
I’m not referring to authentic celebrity news. It’s great to see news every now and then about a celebrity who donates a million dollars to a reputable charity, or one who is an ambassador of some wonderful cause.
The celebrity “news” I’m talking about originated in the pages of the National Enquirer or Star, publications people could (and still can) choose to buy if they desired to read them. This “news” has become a part of much of the interactions we conduct as we use the web, whether we want them or not.
It’s no longer “news” I avoid. It has become “news” in my face.
Who hasn’t heard of Miley Cyrus’s tweeting threats to her father or Amanda Bynes’ bizarre behavior? Who doesn’t know something about Kris Jenner and her Kardasian kids? How about all of the tabloid-type news about MTV’s television program “Teen Mom” or TLC’s Honey Boo Boo?
Information goes global quickly these days. We can easily find out news from Capitol Hill, news from police bookings, and news from the red carpet. What I need is a filter. Too much information is a distraction and prevents me from being on God.
Since so much of life is driven by the world wide web, a complete stop of the use of the web is impractical for me.
Whether your distraction is celebrity “news” or something else, Proverbs 4:23-27 is a good Scripture to keep within sight near your computer:
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
Put away from you crooked speech,and put devious talk far from you.
Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.
Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.
Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.
Avoiding crooked speech and devious talk, focusing our gaze forward, pondering the path of our feet, and remaining steady will help us to keep our heart with all vigilance and allow springs of life to flow from it.
May your distractions be few, and your focus on God.