This week marked two firsts for me.
First, I realized how dependent on technology I am in my ministry. I do a fair amount of texting with my teens, I call my members as I drive around town, and I make appointments using my phone on a daily basis.
And now, my cell is kaput.
I’m getting a new one (hopefully arriving today… hopefully… hopefully…), but for the past week… well, let’s just say I wasted a lot of time going back and forth and trying to get stuff figured out. It was annoying, to say the least. I lost some important calls. I had to apologize to numerous people. More than one teen has asked me what the heck is going on since I’m suddenly ignoring them (or, rather, simply not getting the texts!).
It’s the dumbest thing ever, how so little an object can control how a ministry goes. If James wrote today, I think he might have written this: “When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the cell phone is a small piece of technology, but it makes great boasts.” (A slightly changed wording of James 3:3-5)
So, yeah. Stupid technology.