Monday, January 31, 2011

The Best App.


I have to admit something, and I hate doing it. I used to be a techno-savy dude. I knew about the newest, the fastest, and the best. I read PC Digest and stayed up to date on software and hardware. Then I moved to Bolivia, and all of the cutting edge stuff slowly became a dull blade. Now, I am cutting edge 'classic'. I was so pumped to get Windows XP...and my computers in Bolivia use it. How many of you use XP?


So, and here is another confession, I decided to do something not too smart (and it flies in the face of the blog Denise is writing in the other room at this moment). I purchased an iphone. It is my 'I never get any cool toys' toy. I love it. When I go back to Bolivia, it will be a cool ipod and I can use it for wireless internet, but I really don't "need" it there. However, I bought it anyway. I just wanted a toy. I wanted something techy.

Now, it is loaded down with apps. I can keep my financial records and receipts on it with iexpense, track my miles with trip cubby, or read my kinde with the kindle app. I have pandora and food smart. I have three pages of apps and a little over 1,000 songs on it. It rocks.

Now, I find myself looking periodically at the app store. I don't do games, but I look for utility and personal development applications. I will peruse them and ask if I need them. Before writing this blog, and what gave me the idea for it, I looked at the top 10 apps for 2011 on line.

Then it hit me. This is what we should be doing, only with the Scripture. We need to not just have the Bible, but have Bible applications. We should be showing our children, our friends, and ourselves how to APPLY the Bible to every area of our lives. Financial Bible App. Marriage Bible App. Parenting Bible App. Growth Bible App. Purpose Bible App. Church Bible App. Missions Bible App.

Application...the point of the Scripture.

So, let's do something different, and if you are reading this on my Facebook, comment there. Here is what I want to know.

What are three Bible Apps you are going to do this year? Literally, name three applications to your life that you are going to do.

After all, God said to be doers of the Word, and not just hearers only...

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Face To Face Is Not The Same As Facebook


I, like a gazillion other people, use facebook. I enjoy it. Just before I started this blog, I sent a friend request to someone in Bolivia. If they accept, then I will have 959 friends.

Lets be honest for a moment. Do I really have 959 friends? I mean, it sure makes me seem popular and important, but do I REALLY have that many FRIENDS? No, I don’t. I have that many people that have enough common interest in me that we befriended each other ON FACEBOOK. Now there is the rub. Facebook friends can be friends, but they can also be people that we have never and will never meet.

I was chatting with a real friend, face to face, this past week and he said this. Facebook is changing the way that we do relationships. I can log on to facebook, gather some information about you by your status or profile, and then feel like we have connected. It is all information, no heart, no emotions. We have stopped, and Facebook has played a part of this, connecting emotionally with each other. This may not be a problem for a computer app, but it presents huge issues for the real relationships of our lives.

The older, and I think wiser, that I become, the more I see the need for going beyond information and into identity. Getting to understand just who my kids really are, what they really think, how they really feel, what they really want, where they really hurt, what makes them really happy. The same for my friends, and especially my wife. This doesn’t happen with a status report, even if I comment on it.

I have an assignment. Look at your Facebook friends and find someone that is/was a friend before Facebook. Give them a call and go to lunch. I think you will be glad you did.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Close Enough To Connect


I wrote my last blog about the energizer bunny, and just had another little reminder of the way that we can empower each other.


My son, Caleb, went outside to go to work and discovered that his car battery was too low to start the car. It had power, just not enough to crank. So, I grabbed some jumper cables and hooked them up. In one second his car was running. All he needed was a little boost from me and he was off and on his way to life.

What did it cost me? My battery is fine, and it is connected to my alternator so in reality I did not even give him any of my power. I just connected him to my overflow. He received power from me, but it did not decrease my supply. Isn't that how it is in the Christian life? We connect to God, and have an infinite supply of love and other fruit. So, we connect our hearts and lives to others and they receive from our overflow.

Are we living in such a manner that our lives are connecting? You see, before I could connect the cables, I had to get CLOSE enough to his car for the cable to reach. Are we close to other Christians? Are we connected to them? Does the power of God flow only TO us, or does it flow THROUGH us to other people?

Just a thought,
Joe

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Keep On Going and Going And Going

I met a friend yesterday that I have not seen for a couple of years. We sat down to drink a cup of coffee and chatted for almost two hours. When we finished and said goodbye, I got in my car and realized something. I felt good. I was happy. I was affirmed. I was encouraged. I turned left out of the parking lot and as I started the drive home it dawned on me. I feel this way every time that I talk with this guy. He is the most encouraging person that I have ever met, and it is always a joy to be with him.

This started me thinking. What do people feel like when they turn left and leave the parking lot after talking to me? Do they leave with a skip in their step? Does being with me lift people up, bring them down, or just leave them where they are?

I spent probably thirty minutes evaluating my life, and realized that most of the time when people leave me, they are neither discouraged or encouraged. I want to change that. I want to be an encourager. I want to be an energizer bunny in the lives of other people, and just help them keep on going.

How about you? Do people leave you built up or torn down?

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