Monday, May 16, 2011

The Outdated Ipod

So I find myself relating to the outdated versions of the iPod. Do you know which versions I’m referring to? You know…the ones with the click wheel. The versions we were formerly soooooo excited about and waited to see released at Best Buy or Walmart. The versions that were on our Christmas lists every other Christmas because Apple is smart enough to update their technology in far enough increments to keep us interested but also as not to be too frequent to cause us to become apathetic.
But anyway, I relate to those outdated Ipods, poor things. Most days I wake up feeling outdated, worn out, barely able to keep up, overlooked, and needing a good battery charge even though I just got one less than twelve hours ago. And the downloadable “updates” I find that are suppose to help fall far short: think positively, work out regularly, develop a hobby, read a book, go on vacation, etc… Some of these things help for a short time but then just leave me needing another boost of something or other later. The updates don’t keep me going forever.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. (I didn’t invent that.) And when desperate, there is one thing which is constant, never dries up or runs out, and I’ll never find it with a price tag at a garage sale. It is too precious, too necessary, too relevant and useful to be considered outdated, irrelevant, stale, weak.
The Word of God. The Holy Bible. Scripture. It revitalizes. God uses it to ignite change. Even when I read the same text I’ve read 25 times before, there is something new and vibrant that He shows me. He uses it to shine a bright spotlight into the dark corners of my life I like to pretend do not exist. It’s painful and awesome all at the same time!
And when I wake up feeling like that outdated iPod, it is a link I have to a God who tells me I am able to be used for great things. Those words remind me even when I feel like there’s at least a hundred better and more recent versions out there for me to compete with and out-perform, that I am created exactly in His image and exactly the way He intended.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” [Hebrews 4:12]

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