"There's an App for that!"
Now there is a phrase we never dreamed of hearing, let alone saying a few years ago. Who would have dreamed (exceptTomorrow Land at the end of Space Mountain at Disney) that we would finally be using a hand-held device to communicate with others as well as to keep our lives organized.
I do not know how we ever got along without modern technology. Yes, I have an iPhone, iPad, and now a Mac. I have become an Apple person. I will be taking classes this year on the Mac and learning all the beneficial uses for this tool. There are classes at the Apple store, and, yes, there are Apps for that. I want to be educated so I might manage my life better and not be managed by the technology.
I also want to be spiritually strong and faithful to the call of Christ upon my life, but I don't know where to find the App for that. Oh, don't get me wrong. I have the latest versions of the Common English Bible on my devices. I take advantage of many daily devotions that are downloadable to my iPhone, iPad, and Mac --- especially the Upper Room. I have a Facebook account that encourages dialogue with friends and family who want to be spiritually strong and faithful, but there is no one App to make it so.
Sometimes technology can't replace a time of prayer and meditation. There is no simply answer or application that makes me the man I want to be for Christ. I must return to the old way of dropping to my knees and spending time in prayer and mediation (listening for the voice of God ... yes, God still speaks). Without this time I don't believe I would be strong enough to even be semi-spiritual (and that isn't good either as I read that Jesus would rather spew out that which wasn't hot or cold). It is old fashioned and takes time, but it is so worth it.
We are blessed with so much advancement in 2014, so much that our parents and grandparents only dreamed of or could envision as they got off Space Mountain. But nothing, not even the greatest App, can take the place of time with the Great Jehovah. I desire for you to hold me accountable to my time of prayer and meditation as I will hold you accountable in the days ahead.
Praying for you as I pray for me.
What a blessing to preach at Dacula UMC this pastSunday and to offer the Sacrament of Holy Communion. I am truly blessed by our great churches in the Atlanta Emory District.
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