In my opinion, there are those that embrace change, and those who shun it. When it comes to cell phones, I have unabashedly shunned change. I am legendary for it. When I had an old school Nokia phone, I was the one that didn’t want that newfangled Blackberry that Oprah was talking about. I distinctly remember her showing one and thinking, oh no, I will never need one of those. I have a cell phone and a Palm Pilot and that’s all I need. Then I added an MP3 player to my collection. So I walked around with three gadgets on me all the time, never knowing that there was a better way.
Then Lynn got his first Blackberry, and he shamed me consistently as I carried around all my gadgets. I fiddled with his phone and I just knew I’d never be able to figure it out. I was content to only have a cell phone that made phone calls and texts. I didn’t need a calendar, I didn’t need email. I didn’t even know about Facebook back then, I felt guilty about starting my first Myspace page. I imagine I would have been the one fussing about the arrival of the television and yelling about it being a devil-box.
And then the advent of the iPhone… Katy bar the door. All-out war was declared in my home. I had finally graduated to Blackberry, Lynn was getting his MBA in iPhone.
What is it that makes some of us really uncomfortable with change; especially technological progress? And why is it that the Church seems to be the first group to start the riot? I really don’t get it. The Church should be the ones with the most forward thinking. They should be leading the charge of living better, living smarter, living cleaner, living healthier… the Church should always be doing it better, not doing it the old school way. I think maybe we get forward movement confused with spiritual backwardness.
Jesus totally would have had an iPhone.
Today I am going to find a very cute case for my very cute new iPhone. And I’m going to make a concerted effort to open my circa 1972 eyeballs and see opportunities to do things better. I don’t want to be the reluctant one, I don’t want to be the one that has to say that I finally saw the light and bought myself one gadget that took the place of three. I want to be ahead of that curve. I want to see opportunities instead of roadblocks.
The Bible tells us in Matthew 10:16, Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. It doesn’t say watch out for change and avoid it at all costs. It just says, “Be wise!” Lord, help me to see the difference!