Tuesday, April 1, 2008

I Found God In A Computer System Crash...

Yup... think I did... my laptop system crashed in a near-fatal way last week. Some registry file went missing or corruped, and it was unable to start-up.
  • 3 Phone Calls to Dell,
  • $40.00 in "support fees,"
  • 6 installation disks,
  • over a week,
  • and several headaches later...

I had manually re-installed the entire XP operating system.

Computer Smash

This week, I reflected on the events leading up to the crash... mainly that I had been neglecting my Sunday School duties for about 3-4 weeks (I do the class weekly email-newsletter), although I was still spending a TON of time on my computer working on some new digital scrapbooking items for sale. I had also neglected this blog - even though I knew, when I started it, that I felt some pull from God to create it in the first place.

And I remembered this quote from our Pastor that has always stuck with me:

"God allows hardship to enter our lives
to warn us we are on the wrong path."

At first I wondered if God was trying to tell me that a (financially-rewarding?!) hobby of selling digital scrapbooking elements was NOT in my future. But, all of my files were safely backed-up and ready for use after the re-installation. I think now He was trying to tell me to get my priorities in-line - that my job of providing the announcements, praises, and prayers of my classmates was more important than the tasks I had set above it. That contributing to this Blog... even if I had no readers (yet?!) was also more important.

Consider this verse from Malachi 1:7 (The Message Version):
"When you say, 'The altar of God is not important anymore; worship of God is no longer a priority,' that's defiling. ..."

Take a look at the things, activities, or people in your own life that you are placing ahead of God, and committ to re-prioritizing that list into one that has God at the head rather than at the caboose. When you honor God, you will be blessed.

:) Mags
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1 comment:

Heather said...

I have a hard time putting first things first sometimes too. Why can't the "should do's" be the most attractive :) I heard a quote once that said "things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least." That's not to say that we should never do things just for fun; it's just about balancing and prioritizing.