I am NOT addicted to my technology, but I get rather nervous when I don’t have it with me.
You can judge whether I am addicted or not.
Early in the week Martha and I flew to visit Brad, Emily, Reagan, and Luke (our second daughter’s family) in south Florida. As we were getting in the car to take Reagan (age 5) to gymnastics, I put my iPad on top of the car while I placed baby Luke (11 months old) in his car seat. Knowing exactly what I was doing, I made a note to myself to retrieve the iPad from the top of the car. But with two children and the logistics of getting everyone out of the door, I never received the mental note I addressed to myself.
You, of course, can guess what happened.
On the busiest highway on the coast, my iPad fell in the middle of the street. No one thought about the iPad until we arrived at our destination. You can imagine the sinking feeling when I finally remembered where I had left the tablet. We didn’t know when or where the tablet dropped from the top of the car, but we did know the chances were small for an undamaged recovery.
As soon as I started retracing my steps, the phone rang from my office in Louisiana. Our receptionist relayed the message. “Tim from Stuart, Florida, called. He recovered your iPad. No one even ran over it.” What a nice guy.
I immediately called Tim to set up a meeting to get the iPad. He was right about the tablet. Nothing was damaged, and you couldn’t tell it had fallen from a car right in the middle of a busy intersection.
I couldn’t get over what Tim (age 30?) did to retrieve the iPad and get it back to me. He stopped in the middle of the street to pick up someone’s lost notebook and discovered a valuable iPad without any damage. He went out of his way to find the owner, call a strange number, and wait for the owner to call and arrange for the pickup.
I insisted on a reward and left feeling good about a stranger.
The next day I texted Tim to thank him again for his help. Here’s how he replied: “Great hey I’m sure in your pastorship you have helped more than I ever will. Thanks for the reward but honestly I was stoked just to get it back to you. I think I am going to buy supplies for our church’s VBS with the dough.”
We all know the imperfection of the body of Christ. We are all waiting for the day when we will be presented to Christ without spot and blemish. Until then we groan under the weight of our imperfection.
At the same time, we see how God is working in the body of Christ to make new people (like Tim) who go out of their way to help strangers. God is in the process of changing our selfishness into His loving concern for others.
I thank God for those who live out their faith when no one else is watching. I thank God for the Tims of the world who are not disobedient to the heavenly vision.
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