Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Sanctified View of Technology

Just like our own spiritual journey, technology is ever changing. This doesn't mean I believe that technology is always improving. Instead I'm countering the idea that "this update" will fix all the problems and we will finally have the perfect system in place.

Every Wednesday, Microsoft sends out updates. For me it's a reminder that the system isn't perfect. We should not grow complacent with our workarounds and
bandaged solutions. Instead, my role of IT support gives me a perfect opportunity to see coworkers improve their skills and develop better processes with an ever changing array of tools and resources.

The same can be said for our spiritual lives. No matter where you are now, you cannot afford to be complacent. God has better things for you. Sin has irreparably marred our lives. We need regular system updates through Bible reading and prayer. Antivirus warnings come from friends who gently rebuke and alert us to problems we may not recognize. And occasionally we may need to reboot through a time of fasting from the things that clamor for our attention.

So relax, take a deep breath. All those technology tools we so desperately depend on may not be perfected by the first day of school. Even if they were, we may not really be ready to use them. But as life-long learners and teachers, we can grow, adapt and demonstrate that the lessons learned today are not lost but are really part of a larger process in our growth.

Sanctification - (v) the act or process of acquiring sanctity, of being made or becoming holy.