Most know the expression “TMI” stands for “too much information.” It usually refers to information that is too sensitive or personal to share.

Yet, the “much” needs our focus. Information floods our world.

How much information?

Today the daily volume of emails, texts, videos, and posts exceeds the number of stars by 40 times. Some estimate that the same number of words ever spoken will happen every quarter-hour within three years.

With so much information, why is there so much foolishness and ignorance? Because we share the data created by people rather than finding wisdom in the eternal.

Paul walked among philosophers, the learned of his day. He trained as a rabbi with deep knowledge of Jewish tradition. Against this backdrop, Paul knew the limitations of man’s thinking. He told the Corinthians:

 “Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (1 Corinthians 1:20)

God provides what we need to live, not only for today but forever. The world’s sharing is nothing more than the pooling of ignorance.

We don’t need more information, but we do need more wisdom. Start listening for God’s mind in the world rather than the bytes and bits that make up our days.

-Robert G. Taylor-