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Musings of an iPhone Fanatic

August 11th, 2008

Focus Text: Proverbs 1:1-4 (NLT)

 1 These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.

 2 Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline,
      to help them understand the insights of the wise.
 3 Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives,
      to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
 4 These proverbs will give insight to the simple,
      knowledge and discernment to the young.

Stop Here and Reflect Before Reading Ahead

Brace yourselves for another week of the Daily Thread.  This week marks the beginnings of my favorite time of the year: the Fall semester.  Now, I know we’re all still feeling the diabolical, blistering heat of the August sun, so please understand that I’m referring to the school season more than the climate.  Middle and High School students will awaken early tomorrow for the first time in two months and dress themselves for school.  Very soon, college students will move into their dorms and spend outrageous amounts of money on textbooks that they will only open once or twice.  Parents will again be relieved with the help of daily “babysitting” from the educational system.  Most importantly, soon the mornings will become cool, the sky will become clear, and Saturdays will again bustle with the excitement of college football. 

As the seasons change, so does my direction for the Daily Thread.  For the moment, I hope you will join me in journey amidst the timeless truths of the book of Proverbs.  We’ve been focusing mainly on Psalms, and at times we may flip back and forth; but for now, strap yourselves in for some Proverbial reflections.

As many of you know, Laura and I recently had our first baby, Sadie.  She is an incredible little person who is already teaching me so much about life and faith.  However, what many of you don’t know is that the month of July brought another arrival into our happy little home.  No, it wasn’t a baby or a new pet.  It was . . . an iPhone.

Now, obviously this wasn’t as important to us as little Sadie, but the iPhone has brought some interesting changes to our life.  If you’re not a Mac person and your PC just froze up for the fifteenth time as you are reading this, I feel great compassion for your plight.  I can only imagine the millions of PC owners out there who right out feel chained by the limitations of Vista and Windows.  Multitudes writhing in electronic agony . . . mindlessly gazing at little hourglasses that perpectually spin on the screens in front of them.  Truly, my heart goes out to you.

That’s what makes this so much more difficult . . . for I have been delivered from the curse of the PC and I now gaze through another “window” . . . a window straight into the heavens.  Well, maybe not heaven, but definitely not the pergatory of PC living.  I, you see, am the owner of a Macintosh.  My computer just makes sense.  Dragging and dropping are the keys to my happiness and videos and music have never been easier to download.  I don’t need those pesky little installation disks and drivers to use a printer . . . no, my Mac will find the appropriate software on its own.  If you read this and anger rises up within you, know that I forgive you and that I realize that you only wish you could feel the liberty that I feel everyday.

Hence, came the next arrival to my home . . . another wonder of the Mac world: the iPhone.  Now, I’m sure you’ve heard all the hype and all you “Zune” and “Blackberry” users are rolling your eyes so far back in your head that you can actually see the Microsoft monkey on your back; but please reserve your judgment and quell your jealousy.  Besides, I hate to tell you, but every bit of the iPhone hype is true!  Surely, this is one of the most amazing pieces of technology that exist today.

Besides the built-in GPS, the effortless syncing between email and calendars, the high-quality camera, and the user-friendly touch screen; my favorite feature of the iPhone is the fact that you can download so many applications to the existing phone . . . “apps” we call them.  It’s like my phone is custom-made just for me.  From the many restaurant apps that will determine my GPS location and lead me turn-by-turn to the restaurant of my choice, to the app that allows me to customize my own radio station; the iPhone’s expandability is its most impressive feature.  Sure it’s great when you get it out of the box, but it only gets better with time.

Proverbs has iPhone similarities in that its purpose is expandable.  When the reader unwraps Proverbs 1:1-4, he or she “powers up” the opening screen of Solomon’s words to discover the purpose of this particular book: to get wisdom.

Why wisdom?  Well, I’m glad you asked.  Proverbs 1 makes it clear what kinds of characteristics are found in people who possess wisdom.  Discipline.  Insight.  Success.  Justice.  Knowledge.  Discernment.  Wisdom is more than just knowledge–it’s knowledge correctly applied to situations.  Many people know what is technically right in any given scenario, but few have the wisdom to know how to apply that knowledge in a way that is beneficial.  Therefore, what we lack is more than just “know how”; we lack wisdom.

Solomon writes to the “young” and the “simple.”  Those who feel insulted by these titles are already lacking the wisdom that God wants to impart to us through this process.  To become wise, one must acknowledge their lack of wisdom and their need to be taught.  But here’s the best part, like the iPhone, the wisdom of God is expandable.  This means that there are always more “applications” available to utlize these truths through.  The principles of wisdom will never change, but life will present a million variables that will require one to adapt their actions in order to walk in wisdom.

So, consider today your big arrival as we are handed a brand new, state-of-the-art gift from our Father: Proverbial wisdom.  As you and I begin to delve into the various features of this book, I pray that each of us find our own, custom-made “apps” to make God’s wisdom more relevant in our own personal lives.  Oh, and unlike the iPhone, the wisdom of God doesn’t fill up at sixteen gigabytes– it goes on forever and ever.

Yeah, I’m pretty sure that Solomon would have been a “Mac” guy!



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