Thursday, April 23, 2009

Man I love stuff.

I'm so easily excitable over things sometimes. I just picked up Punk Goes Pop, vol.2, and if you ever wanted to hear Britney's "Hit Me Baby One More Time" with a little more Heavy Metal influence, that cd's got it. And when it comes to technology, forgetaboutit. If there's something missing in your home entertainment system that could just make it amazing, I am so ready to help you find it and get it set up so it does wonderful things. If you want to save your movies on your computer to then play through your tv just to skip the step of trying to find the dvd on the shelf it's sitting on, I might be able to make it happen. And I LOVE IT!

Oh, and I'm a Christian, talk to God, witness miracles everyday, blah blah blah.

Is that what I'm like?! Seriously?! I'm more excited to talk to people about a new application I found for my iPhone that lets me play my phone like a trumpet than I am to tell them about God, Heaven, Hell, real death and real life? This is ridiculous. Sometimes I feel like I know my purpose in life, and sometimes it seems a little hazy, but I'm pretty sure this is not it.

So are these fun electronics more important to show and display to the world than God is? Of course not. Why do I do it anyway? Because I think I've forgotten how important it is to show the world who God is. When I'm even faintly in tune with God's direction, I've seen what humanity is really like and what's actually broken inside; I've seen hearts feel that hadn't for years because of the emotional scars others have left; I've seen writings that are thousands of years old change a person who had nothing in common with the original author besides being a child of God; and I've seen myself at my best - concerned, in love, willing to serve until my hands bleed, all the time knowing that every effort I make for others has a purpose of eternal significance.

So I guess it comes down to priorities. Of course I'm still amazed by God, or at least I still have the capacity to be. I haven't been very much lately just because I haven't been on the lookout. You can walk through a museum and still miss the beauty that's there to be seen simply because you're texting on your phone (that's my technology tie-in). So I've realized that I need to start looking in the same places I used to to see what God's got His hands on right now, restore the foundation I once had when I knew His Scriptures, and just remember what it's like to be excited about what God could do with me each day, on each day.

So I look foward to some changes being made. I'll be looking out for some amazing things to happen in and around my life. And I still like Punk Goes Pop.

Friday, March 27, 2009

We are in the future

I was at the gym yesterday and saw a guy with a silver pair of wireless headphones on with a big blinking blue light on the side. It was wireless, slightly gaudy, and pretty much what 1988 would have expected 2009 to be like.

We are living in the future.

I have a phone that can check my bank account, update my friends on the other other side of the world about what I had for breakfast, tell me how to get to the closest garage to get an oil change, and it still can call my mom because she misses me. There's a memory card the size of a quarter in my camcorder that holds more information than my family's first computer would ever dream to. I can play new movie trailers on my TV through my DVD player, just in case I wanted a bigger screen than my laptop can provide ... that is of course unless I decided to hook my laptop up to my TV and make it an over sized computer monitor.

Video game consoles can stream movies almost instantly, pinkie sized ear buds can take phone calls without even seeing your phone, and specially magnetized cook tops can boil water in well less than 2 minutes. These are new, fantastic times, and I have a special affection for technology and all the potential it has to offer. But, sometimes, I really don't need to go digital to take care of something. I have to go oldschool analog and talk to someone directly when things aren't right. I mean, sometimes you loose those little things like grace and interpersonal communication when it comes to text messaging.

So take care of the analog hearts, and then go watch some digital movies together.