So, my wife gets an IPhone 4. She does not know what she has. She had some sort if goofy flip type phone that texting was hard and did not show all of the message, did not get email, did not get internet, …. it was just like an old technology phone that was klunkier than an Edsel.  I hated it. We would laugh at it.   Me and the kids have macs.  All in.  But she resisted….until today.

Now, let me tell you this.  She does not know what she has.  She has an Iphone4 but does not know how to work it.  She does not know all it has to offer.  She does not know all that is is capable of.  She does not know all that it can do.  She does not know all that it was made to do.  She does not appreciate the power of it in a traffic jam to get around stuff.  She does not know the power it has to skype all over the world.  She does not know the power of money and purchasing it has.  She does not know …… well, the power and ability of all it was meant to be.  Then, I sit on the porch and think about me and God.

God has all this power, all this salvation, all this healing, all this provision, all this peace, all this love, all this joy, all this forgiveness, all this righteousness…… and I don’t just grab it!  Me!  I don’t access the application.  I don’t use it.  I don’t call on it.  I don’t just get into it and just soak in all that God has for me.  What am I thinking?  My wife has this powerful product and she got it because me and the girls have apple stuff and she sees it and says I want that too.

God has it, I want it too.  I think I can still learn from my wife.  God has all these applications for my life and I don’t know what I have.  I thought she did not know what she has…..it is really me.  God has it for me and you.

I am at that precipitous place in my life where I am not wanting to change.  I am sort of in a groove in my life where sometimes, I just want to embrace the status quo.  But, I know, deep down, that the status quo is not the place to be.  I know that if I stay where I am….I am stagnant. 

I recently bought a Mac Book.  I am sick and tired of my windows based computer that gets slower each day……I have to constantly clean for viruses and have to all the time do a sweep….it is….well, status quo…and irritating. 

My blackberry and this whole RIM is aggravating me to no end too.  Down during Christmas…..go to the site and try to figure it out and obviously…they do not really want me to figure it out….so I uninstall and install my email accounts again and again…status quo.  I just want this stuff to work. 

So, I bought a Mac Book.  I am sort of playing with it…but it takes energy to get going in it and learn a new system….a new dock….different ways of doing stuff…trying to get e-sword on a mac….just challenging…not figured it out yet.

God has also been pressing me….out of my status quo….been pushing me to look at things a different way…. He has been wanting me to do some new stuff and I am not your spring chicken nor am I in my comfort zone when I am changing.  I like my old smelly, old way of doing things,.. my comfort zone.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says that if anyone is in Christ,..he is a new creation… this new means to refresh….to redo,….to be updated, to be different….it is a constantly changing thing….not necessarily an easy thing….it says that the old has passed away….it is …well stagnant…..God does not want stagnant…he wants fresh…like going from PC to Mac…at least for me.

louie

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GPS is a global positioning satellite.  It tells you where to go.  Guys hate asking directions.  We just want to figure it out.  But guys also like technology.  So, you can merge the not liking to ask directions with some techno stuff and walla….you got some guy stuff you can live with.  GPS.  Cool because you don’t have to ask directions and cool because you can do it on an IPhone or Blackberry and you are in the technology loop. 

So, what is the big deal about directions?  In Haggai 1:5, the scriptures say, “This is what the Lord Almighty says,  ‘Give careful thought to your ways.’ “  You see, God cares about directions.  He cares about the way we go.  Whether we use a GPS, IPhone, Blackberry or have to ask directions…..God is concerned about the way we go.  He wants us to give careful thought to where we go.

I used to hang out in the nightclubs.  It was a “way” in my life.  I abused my life and those around me.  I got what I wanted.  That was a “way”.  I used to talk a certain “way”.  I used to think it was ok to do whatever I wanted as long as it made me feel good.  That was a “way”.  I never gave anything of value to anyone else because it seemed to lower my value, my personal wealth, my bottom line.  That was a “way”.   I used to never spend time with my family because it was sometimes inconvenient and stood in the “way” of my climb upward.  That was a “way”. 

God wants us to consider these things.  You got a “way” going on?  Consider it.  God says to give careful thought to this “way”.  Plug in the GPS and see what “way” you are headed.  I did and found I was not pointed in the right direction.                      How about you?

louie