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LET THE EXPERT RUN THE SHOW
by Joe Walker
For my friend, Claire, computers are a wonderful mystery.
She loves the informational possibilities of the Internet. She loves being able to communicate with her friends all around the world via e-mail. She loves playing Solitaire.
But she has no idea how it all works. And when it doesn't work ... well, that's even more of a mystery. Albeit not especially wonderful.
So when her hard drive crashed (rest in peace, you defragmented hunk of . . . well, whatever you are) she decided it was time to get a new computer. She did her research and she's pretty sure she got a good one. It came with all sorts of bells and whistles, but it didn't come with a good anti-virus program. And Claire has learned through bitter experience that there are few things on a computer more important than a good anti-virus program.
The frustrating thing is, she had one on her old computer. A really good one, for which she had paid handsomely. And since she had more than eight months left on the contract for this wonderful anti-virus program, she wanted to know if there was a way to get it installed on her new computer without having to purchase new software or without having to take it in to the VooDoo Computer Shop - or the nearest teenager, whichever came first.
She made a few phone calls. She got bounced from service representative to technician back to service representative again. Eventually she learned from a technician in India - hey, I TOLD you that she got bounced around a lot - that they could download the program to her new computer through the Internet, but she would have to allow them to take control of her keyboard for a few minutes. She didn't really understand how they could do that, but she figured if it meant she could get her anti-virus program installed it was worth a try.
A box suddenly appeared on her screen, asking her permission for the technician to take over her computer.
"At first it was a little frightening," Claire said. "It was like they were inside my computer talking to me. I couldn't help but wonder what else they could see in there."
Still, she went ahead and clicked the "yes" box and allowed the woman in India to have her way with her computer.
"It was amazing to watch that little arrow moving around my screen as I sat there with my hands in my lap," Claire said. "Even though she was thousands of miles away the technician was scanning things and accessing whatever she needed as she moved deftly through the process. I had no idea what she was doing, but clearly she did. So I just turned my computer over to her and let her do what she needed to do."
In just a few minutes the job was done, and control of the computer was returned to Claire, good as new.
In fact, BETTER than new.
As she sat at her keyboard enjoying her new, safe computer, Claire couldn't help but see a profound lesson for herself in her own, non-cybernetic life.
"There is no way I could have done all of that myself," she said. "Not in a million years. All that clicking, controlling all of those menus, going places that I didn't even know existed on my computer - there's no way I could have done that, not even with a book of instructions. The best and safest thing for me to do was to back off and let an expert run the show.
"And it seems to me that it's the same way with God," she continued. "While we do a pretty good job with our lives most of the time, there are moments when we're in way over our heads. At such times it's probably a good idea to turn the controls over to Him, and then to back off and let the Expert run the show. After all, it's His show, and He knows what He's doing."
Even though sometimes it's all a wonderful mystery to us.
Write Joseph and let him know your thoughts on his story!
Joseph Walker has been writing professionally since 1980, when he left college to join the staff of a daily metropolitan newspaper. For 10 years -- including six as the paper's TV columnist and critic -- he was part of the mainstream media, and was painfully aware of the overwhelming negativity of contemporary journalism. Joe says, "Nobody was looking for real solutions to the problems society was facing; they were just looking for someone or something to blame the problems on." So in 1990 Joe began writing ValueSpeak, a weekly syndicated column that attempts to look at contemporary issues from the perspective of traditional values. Joe and his wife, Anita, are parents of five children, and one grandchild.
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Creation Q & A
Q: Shouldn't one always start reading at the beginning of a book?
A: When we buy a book or watch a video, we always start at the beginning. If not, we won't know what the book or movie is all about. If we don't understand the plot, the rest won't make sense.
This is obvious. But there's one book that most Christians don't start at the beginning--they start in the middle or towards the end. It's the Bible!
So many Christians think that the Old Testament is not important today, and that the Book of Genesis could just be myth or allegory. It's about time Christians started to wake up and realize that all of the New Testament is built on the Old Testament, and all of the Old and New Testaments are built on the first eleven chapters of Genesis.
One of the major reasons many Christians don't know how to defend their Christian doctrine is because they don't understand or believe Genesis--the beginning.
Christians need to start being consistent, and read God's Word, beginning with Genesis. If not, they'll never really understand many of the wonderful truths in the rest of God's Word.
Click on the Bible above or visit the web site listed below!
This new addition to our web site will give you an article on the leading news in the Creation/Evolution controversy each day.
This section also includes a rotating Question and Answer feature and a weekly Creation Comic strip from the people at AnswersInGenesis.org.
Be sure to come back and visit each day for an informative article that will help you keep up to date on the latest news in this controversial area!
Thought For The Day
"Example is not the main thing in influencing others.
It is the only thing."
Verse for the Day
"Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example,
that you should follow in his steps." --1 Peter 2:21
Kid's Thought For The Day
"You work so hard pedaling up the hill that you
hate to brake on the way down."
Parent's Thought For The Day
"It is easier to build strong children than to
repair broken men." -- Frederick Douglas
Coach's Thought For The Day
"The world is full of willing people, some willing to
work, the others willing to let them." -- Robert Frost
Writer's Thought For The Day
"The more I know about many different subjects, the
more connections I can make within my work so that the
text acquires a richness from the interweaving of many
different ideas and sources." --Sharyn McCrumb
Deep Thought For The Day
"Can you believe how many award shows they have
now? They have awards for commercials. The Cleo
Awards. A whole show full of commercials. I taped it
and then I fast forwarded through the whole thing."
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This Week: "Desperate Households" by Jerry Dean
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