Useless Stuff
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Useless Stuff

There seems to be a new law that orders us to use computers, video projectors and Power Point in all our presentations.   It is getting quite uncommon to see a presentation without all our modern (toys) devices.  Dare I add, more times than not things don’t work the way we want and we do a lot of fooling around with cables and buttons when we should be talking about our subject. Recently we witnessed a presenter who could not get her handheld clicker to work so she stayed by her laptop and pressed a key each time she wanted a new display.  It was intriguing to note that even though the handheld clicker didn’t work she firmly grasped it for her entire presentation.

Isn’t it interesting how we hang on to useless items?  When we stop and analyze our situations most of the things we have are very expendable.  When we lived in Africa we received a message from the American Embassy to pack one small bag and be ready to immediately evacuate our homes.   We packed a few pictures and were ready to go.   The rest was just replaceable stuff.

I wonder if we ever hang on to useless, or worse, harmful habits.  Paul once wrote, “I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.”     That’s puts it in total perspective.   There is nothing more valuable than having Jesus live within that we might grow forever into His likeness.

Written by Roger Bothwell on August 21, 2008

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