A Lesson from My New iMac
My new iMac is here!!! After being without my main computer for almost two weeks, I’m now back to a full-sized monitor and am learning the nuts ‘n’ bolts of Mountain Lion – Apple’s newest operating system for Macs. I think I’m already starting to make better use of the tools afforded to me via Dashboard, iTunes 10, and Mission Control, to name but a few of the 200+ new features. I confess to only figuring out the basics on my other iMac, so this go-round I’m making myself put in the work to learn more about what this system has to offer and how to get the most out of it.
It hasn’t been a hiccup-free process, mind you. I had to dig around a bit to find some missing ringtones in iTunes in addition to having to set up a few new playlists. And I can’t quite remember the different gestures I can use on the Magic Mouse to move to different things. But with time and practice, these and other things will become second nature to me.
It’s funny though how often I forget that last bit when it comes to my Christian walk. I see the things in me that need to change – bad habits, wrong thoughts, incorrect beliefs – and I want them to change with a snap of my fingers. And it’s not that God can’t do something about it that quickly. But sometimes something is so deeply ingrained in us it takes more time and effort for it to be worked out of us. We need to remember to be patient and to not quit during the hard slogs.
As such, I know I will do well to keep working the following passage of Scripture more deeply into my heart:
What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life. So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith. ~Galatians 6:8-10 (Message)
Here’s to the journey: the planting and care of new seeds, the pulling of weeds, and the eventual harvest. Let’s remember to help each other because, thank God, we don’t have to do it alone!
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