While there are many benefits in using technology for learning, there are also problems as well. Gary Small, professor of psychiatry and aging at UCLA Medical School, is among many scientists who argue that digital multi-tasking is a myth – http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2010/09/the-challenge-of-digital-media-in-the-classroom265.html.
Quoting professor Small: “Young people who multi-task can complete the task more rapidly, but they make more errors, so we’re becoming faster but sloppier when we multi-task.”
The idea of being able to do more than one task at a time and to do it well, is a fallacy. As human beings, we are able to only think one thought at a time and to do one task at a time with any positive results. We can plainly see the results of multi-tasking while driving an automobile on the freeway – it causes accidents because folks are trying to do more than one task at a time instead of totally concentrating on the task of driving.
When our workforce is downsized and existing employees are forced to multi-task in order to keep their jobs, the end product will indeed be “sloppy” as professor Small points out in the above article.
And we wonder why we are slowly becoming a third world country!
A spiritual task that I dread? If I were a preacher, preaching at a funeral would be the spiritual task that I would dread, especially if the deceased was not a Christian. Since I’m not a preacher, I really don’t have a spiritual task that I dread. Working for the Lord is all good!
What a man accomplishes in a day depends upon the way in which he approaches his tasks. When we accept tough jobs as a challenge…and wade into them with joy and enthusiasm, miracles can happen. When we do our work with a dynamic conquering spirit, we get things done.
Describe the 1-talent person in my congregation: We have a brother who is a Sgt. Major in the army, presently attending the Sgt. Major Academy here at Ft. Bliss. After completing the school, he will be moving back east for another assignment. He plans on retiring in two years from the military. He is presently working on his masters degree in business administration.
He leads the congregation in prayer before the preaching begins as well as leading in prayer at the Lord’s Table. We can always depend on this godly brother being in attendance and leading us in prayer. Since he is a leader of men himself, he has taught us a great deal about leadership, and what the characteristics of a true leader are.
When this brother finishes school in about two more months, he will depart from our midst, and we will sorely miss him.