During a recent visit with my daughter and son-in-law I casually mentioned that I was having trouble updating my iPhone. “No problem,” my daughter said. “Josh can help you with that. He loves technology.” A little warning bell went off in my mind that the wonderful relationship I have with my son-in-law might be jeopardized if he started probing into my technological limitations and realized how lame his mother-in-law really is.
You see, my iPad, iPhone and laptop are like self-destructive weapons in my hands. No doubt any Malware on my computer entered through a door that I opened myself. I have a love/hate relationship with my equipment; and, if they could talk, I’m sure the iPad, iPhone and laptop would say the feeling is mutual.
However, I was desperate for help so I asked Josh to come to my electronic rescue. Within just a few minutes, we both knew we were in trouble when he began asking questions.
- When was the last time you updated your phone? [I can’t remember the last time]
- How did these other programs start running on your computer? [Ummm – what programs?]
- What happened to ITunes? [Why? Is it gone?]
His diagnosis and recommendations: (1) If your phone doesn’t update, we may have to reset it, which means you might lose some data. I’m sure you’ve saved everything to the Cloud, right? [gulp] (2) Somehow unknown programs have invaded your computer. Some of them are pretty stubborn. We need to do some uninstalling. Just be careful from now on, o.k.? (3) Your phone is updated through ITunes. And, since ITunes has somehow been deleted from your computer, we need to reinstall it.
It was a long, arduous process with several glitches along the way. I noticed he used his properly-running equipment to make queries and searches for information so my equipment could function with equal ease.
Later that evening I enjoyed my updated phone and faster-running computer, and I blessed Josh for his concern and patience. But, apparently he wasn’t satisfied. A couple of days later he and my daughter presented me with a brand new laptop. He spent another day transferring data from my old “relic” to the new laptop punctuated with periodic warnings about unknown and uninvited malicious programs that can cause more harm than good.
It’s amazing the effect a brand new shiny laptop has on how a person performs and thinks. Suddenly I find myself being extremely careful with how I use it, especially making sure that nothing uninvited finds its way into my pristine machine.
You see, it was a gift and I want to treat it as such.
The new year may be a good time for a reset in life. Ponder this:
- When was the last time you let God update your mind? Can’t remember? It’s o.k. if some data gets lost in the renewal process. (“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” Romans 12:2.)
- What unknown “programs” have invaded your life? God is the perfect antivirus to warn about and remove malicious software. (“[God] will protect me from trouble” Psalms 32:7.)
- What happened to your “iTunes”? Let God reinstall your joy. (“He put a new song in my mouth” Psalms 40:3).