Lost Connection

Last Wednesday my internet was down.  I wrote this post that day planning to post it when the internet was back on again but life got busy and and I forgot. Better late than never 🙂

Did you ever wake up in the morning with a plan for your day and find out that the day was not going to go anything at all like you had planned?  That was my day today.   I woke up planning to work on a vacation package for a customer but when I turned on my computer I saw a little yellow triangle flashing annoyingly in my face “lost connection”….”lost connection”…”lost connection”  upon further investigation I discovered that our internet service was down and was going to be down for several hours.

OHHHHH NOOO! Now what am I going to do!!??!   Without internet I can not work!  Then I thought to myself hmmm is that really a problem? 😀

What else can I do since work is not in the picture? Facebook games?

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Tweet? Nope did I forget I have no internet today?

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What did I do before internet?

Clean my messy house? Yuk!

Maybe I could work in the yard?  Considering that it is about 20 degrees out there I think not!

I guess could read a book? Maybe call a friend? Or Exercise?

I know what I will do I will write a letter…

Dear HughesNet, would you please not have any system outages?  I have a serious internet dependency here and I need my internet fix!

Wow I can not believe that I used to live without internet!   Actually I didn’t even get my first computer until 1998. What an exciting day that was… that is until I got the thing home.

I spent about two days pulling out my hair as I tried to get all the components hooked up and then once it was put together I remember I just sat at my desk looking at it and thinking “now what am I going to do with this”?  (Though I did have visions of all my recipes being organized neatly inside of that thing somewhere someday).

I laugh now as remember back…

The Windows thing totally confused me. I would have tons of windows open and all piled up on top of each other all the while thinking that they were lost. Until eventually I would have so many open that they would clog up the computer causing it to freeze up telling me I had made some sort of error….ya I had made an error alright!  I was a complete computer dummy!

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I didn’t even know how to run the mouse, my only experience with a mouse was a little brown furry animal that I knew I never wanted in my house much less on top of my desk!  Right click, left click, what did that mean?!?

One day I had out my handy dandy operator’s manual trying to figure that crazy thing out when my son who was about 6 or 7 years old walked up and showed me how it all worked.   He was able to explain it to me in terms I understood!  I remember thinking I may have myself a computer genius on my hands!  Actually all 3 of my kids understood that computer way better than I did!

The biggest break though came one day I was in a store and a bright yellow book with the title “Windows for Dummies” Caught my eye.

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Windows Vista for Dummies (Photo credit: theducks)

I have to admit I thought to myself,  “yep that is me” 😀  so I bought the book and soon was on my way to figuring out the world of technology.  Surely there is someone reading this who can possibly relate to this 😀

About 6 months after our family bought the computer we heard of this thing called the internet. Oh man it sounded exciting!  I had to have that! I called the AOL people on my ‘land line‘ telephone and ordered our first internet service.  It was ‘dial up’ which really means…soooo sloooooow.  Does anyone remember the day of going to a website and walking away from your computer for about 5 minutes while the page loaded?  How about calling a  friends house and having a busy signal all day long because someone was on the internet?  Oddly though at that time I did not notice or mind that  it was slow because there was nothing to compare to.  All I knew was I thought the whole thing  was just awesome so I did not mind waiting at all 🙂

One day a best friend of mine moved to another state shortly after that I discovered chatting online.  My kids again came to my rescue by showing me how to chat with her. I remember being amazed and so excited that I could talk to someone in another state via computer.  I really had no idea at that time of my life how that would come into play later in my life and that one day I would chat with people from all over the world!

I know for you younger folks this may all sound odd, but really just 15 short years ago not all of us had a computer or internet

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Motorola 2900 Bag Phone with color LCD display, in Attaché Carry Case. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

or even a cell phone.  We did not have smart phones and what was an app? My first cell phone was a giant phone the size of a brick and it only made phone calls! Some of my friends had phones so big they came with their own bag the size of a brief case.  I only had 150 minutes a month of talk time and I did not have email or facebook, and a tweet was something a bird did.

Since you are here today reading my blog I am sure you see that I did finally get the whole computer/internet thing figured out.  I have electronic techy stuff all over my house and think I may have become a computer geek.  I love tinkering around with website building.   I also love the fact that I can talk to anyone anywhere in the world online and have made new friends online.

Online I can find just about any kind of information I need to find, it’s all right here at my fingertips until a day like today when its broken.   Today I realized something though, I got a panicky feeling because the internet was down and did not quite know what to do with my time.  It made me realize that maybe all this technology is not as wonderful as it seems.

Do I rely on it to much?  Could I live without internet? Could I live without my cell phone?

What would it be like to go to the store and have everyone wait until I got home to talk to me?

What if I did not have email and had to wait on regular mail?  Though I know I do enjoy my connections with new friends online and internet does make my job a whole lot easier, there was also a time in my life that life did seem much more easier. There used to be a time when I went to the grocery store and it was just me.  Nobody could call me, text me or email me and life seemed a lot more peaceful.  I realized today that I had lived like that most of my life minus the past 15 years and I never missed it back then. Why do I miss it now?

Most of you know that on this blog I usually write about God and today I have not mention him yet.   I did not have God in my life 15 years ago back in the days when I did not have internet and a cell phone.  It was not because he wasn’t always there but because I never let Him in.  Thankfully I do have Him in my life now. I also see that I could have a lot more God time if I shut off my phone and my computer more.  With those things turned off there is more time to study the Bible or just sit quietly with Him feeling his presence with no interruptions.

I am not slamming technology because with out it we would not be able to spread his word to people in places we used to not be able to reach.  I also know that when I came to him 3 years ago I got a lot of my information from the internet and also from friends I met on the online.   I even found my church from googling churches in my area.

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Google Chrome (Photo credit: thms.nl)

I know technology is a good thing I just can not let it rule my life.  I always have a connection to God because His connection is never down.   If I want to call him he will always answer.   I also think maybe some of the stuff that was meant to make our lives easier has really made them harder by blocking precious time with Him.

Email, text messages or phone calls from people can wait.  Time with God really should not wait.  Call on Him today.

Romans 10:13  for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Thank you for reading 🙂 

An Interview With Doug Bender

book-sub1This week I am participating in a blog campaign for the release of a new book Called ‘Live Second – 365 Ways to Make Jesus First’ by Doug Bender.  It has been a fun and exciting week with one of the highlights being yesterday I had the opportunity to speak on the phone and interview the Author of the book, Doug Bender.

This was the first time in my life I have ever interviewed anyone and to interview the author of a book well lets just say I was a teeny tiny bit nervous…okay I will admit it I was more than a teeny tiny bit nervous I was a lot nervous!   Armed with my list of questions (all 5 of them) I called his phone number at our scheduled time.  As I sat there holding the phone to my ear listening to it begin to ring I have to admit I was shaking in my house slippers and hoping I would be able to speak when he answered the phone.  The phone rang… and rang… and rang… and rang, when it was finally picked up on the other end I heard the sound of  a recording saying that the person I had called was unavailable so to please leave a message.  I have to admit I think I may have felt a bit relieved he didn’t answer; But my relief was short lived because within about two seconds I received a text message saying he was on another call and would call me back shortly then within a matter of seconds my phone rang and it was Doug Bender.   I also realized from the  first hello all my nervousness had been for nothing because Doug Bender is a very friendly and easy to talk to guy.

Below is my interview with Doug Bender …

I will start with a lesson I learned today as I tried to put this all together… 

Interviewer lesson #1 make sure you remember to write things down or bring a recording device unless you are a speed writer or retained the shorthand you took in high school.   For those of you youngsters who do not know what shorthand is you can Google it or just take my advice you don’t really want to know shorthand.  With that being said please remember I tried to decipher my notes and in quoting Doug I am pretty sure I got it all right but just in case I didn’t consider this as my disclaimer * 😀

Now on to the interview…

Doug was born July 8, 1983 and lives in Dallas Texas

Are you married?  Yes I am married my wife’s name Catherine and we have a two year old daughter named Bethany.

What do you like do when you are not working?  I love to run,  I just ran a marathon this past weekend.   I also love music, my wife Catherine and I met while we were doing music.  I play the guitar and I also play the violin.  As a couple we both also love to cook and visit ‘hole in the wall’ type restaurants where we love to eat Ethnic and spicy foods.

The new book has 365 Ways to Make Jesus First. Do you have a personal favorite? Why?  I’m not sure.  I think everyone will have a different favorite depending on where they are at.  But for me, I think my favorites are all the Day 7 entries.  The Day 7 entries are all prayers from the Bible.  Prayers from the Psalms, from Jesus and from the prophets.  I was blown away in writing this when I got to read nearly every prayer in the Bible.  I found I did not talk with God nearly in the same way as they seemed to.  It really changed the way I approached God. *(see note at the bottom)

How did you get involved in I am second?  I came on with I am Second just after it started… I think it was a couple months after the website launched, about 5 years ago.  I worked (and still do) with e3 Partners  overseas as a church planter, I was in Ethiopia at that time.  I am Second was started as an attempt to share the faith and spread the gospel that we were seeing overseas to our own backdoor.   I came on the team to write the small group discussion guides for I am Second and my role has grown with time,  I now work full-time on the I am Second team.

Well that about wraps up my interview with Doug Bender we talked for about 30 minutes I know I did not get it all down here because I was just so interested in what he had to say that I got to listening and forgot to write it all down.  The most important thing I discovered in our talk is Doug Bender has dedicated his life to God.  He loves Jesus  and he seems to be doing his best to make sure others know Jesus too.  I had a lot of fun as I talked with him and I am so glad I had this opportunity to get to know him better.

If you would like to know more about I am second or Doug Bender here are a few links for you…

A link to Doug’s personal video on the I am second website – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wazdvj2Mnmc

I am second website – Iamsecond.com

I am Second blog – http://www.iamsecond.com/blog

I also want to mention I have been reading the book every day and highly recommend it.  It is a book with 365 daily readings that get you into your Bible to read.  The book then also prompts you to take what you have learned in your reading and apply it in your daily living. Link to the book –  Live Second- 365 Ways to make Jesus First

That about wraps it up have a blessed day and thank you for reading 🙂

* from the question above about which day is Doug’s favorite from the book…this question was also asked during an online chat I attended on facebook the night before, like I said earlier I forgot to write down all the answers during the interview so for this question copied his answer from the facebook chat I am pretty sure he answered this question almost exactly the same in both interviews.