The Firehose Phenomenon

We live in a world where we are bombarded by information. It comes at us over email, the cellphone, snail mail, tweets, facebook, newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, rss feeds, personal interactions, radio, television, and I could go on and on. The firehose of information is aimed at our eyes and ears, and we are told to take it all in.

How do you process all that? Yep, you’re right, you can’t! Even if you had photographic memory, you would probably need two or three heads to contain all that information (send me a picture of yourself if you have the brainpower to process it all – I’d love to see a good three-headed human).

There is plenty of information to consume in a lifetime, and our brains want to troll through the smorgasbord and put a little of everything on the plate. We need to get to the point where we realize it is just not going to happen. So, what do we do instead?

Concentrate on the truly important.

What is truly important for your life? What do you want to do well? What matters to you? Then, selectively fill your mind with information that will feed that purpose. Sure, occasionally “binge” and explore a new area or two to keep your mind fresh and varied, but consistently come back to those sources of information that truly will aid you in life. The sources of the “important” instead of all the sources that cry out and beg for your attention.

Which reminds me of what God says is the information most worth digesting:

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16–17)

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2 thoughts on “The Firehose Phenomenon

    • Haha. It’s more for my benefit. A couple of people in my church read it, but that’s probably about it. I’m trying to improve my writing skills and put up links that interest me.

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