Today I’m offering thanks for the blessing of technology and for those who have helped maintain and advance the use of technology at our church.
What a different world we live in today than we did just twenty years ago. It is most likely that in 1995, while you might have heard of the internet, you probably weren’t active on it and you sure weren’t keeping up with church stuff of the web. Think about just ten years ago when we were struck by Hurricane Katrina. While you might have used email to keep up with family and friends during your evacuation, for many of us, text messaging was not yet a regular practice and social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram didn’t yet exist.
Technology marches forward and if we aren’t keeping up with its advances, we place ourselves at a great disadvantage. Only one year ago, Good Shepherd’s office operations were hampered by outdated software and computers too slow to get out of their own way. Over the past year, we have been blessed by generous donations of hardware, software and labor that have helped modernize the technological infrastructure of our church, and in this week’s “Pastor’s Gratitude Journal” I’d like to share with you some stories of why I’m in an attitude of gratitude!
Several months ago, the church received a generous donation of a used PC by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. This machine was not new but was much newer than anything that was in use at church at that time. This upgrade in hardware allowed for software upgrades that should have increased both workload and efficiency in the church office. Unfortunately , it didn’t. One evening as I sat at that computer being frustrated by its sluggishness, I happened to receive a text message from a friend of mine named Edison Bryant. Edison lives in Texas and owns a company called Bryant PC Solutions that provides technology services to small businesses. Through the blessing of modern technology, I was able to text Edison about my frustrations and within just a few minutes, while he sat in his office in New Braunfels, Texas and I sat in Good Shepherd’s office in Metairie, LA, he was able to “remote in” to Good Shepherd’s computer, identify that the problem as one of insufficient RAM, and then generously donate the memory sticks that now make that PC run as if it’s brand new!
More recently, a second “used but newer” PC was also donated to the church by another donor who wishes to remain anonymous. This machine also had some needs—a new hard drive, a new operating system and more RAM. Thanks to the very generous donation of time and materials by Good Shepherd’s resident IT expert, Bill Sheffield, this computer was quickly outfitted with just what it needed to get it operating and running efficiently in our church. It is now the computer used in the pastor’s study.
The Scriptures implore us to “Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people” (1 Chronicles 16:8, KJV). What a time we live in when we can use the advance of technology to help us proclaim the good deeds and blessings of our Lord and the GOOD NEWS that is the joy of His salvation. Today, I invite you to join me giving thanks to God who has and continues to provide for our church, exactly who and what we need, exactly when we need it.