Faster than a Speeding Smartphone by Jo Russell

Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Superman! Though that intro said it all for the comic book character created in the mid-1930, its archived history today.

Now, amazing feats are packed into Smartphones.

“My cocktail mixing program just wished me a Happy New Year!” quipped one excited customer at the crowded phone store on New Year’s Eve.

“And mine just fed the dogs!”

A young family with four children in tow stepped up to the window for help with three phones stacked together like an order of pancakes. Mom told the associate, “I’m so excited! We’ve watched our little Chelsea get her baby teeth, learn to crawl and walk, and now she is old enough to text! We are so proud of her! She’s growing up fast! We need to upgrade these and add another phone.”

With the worldwide statistics showing that if Facebook were a country, it would be India. All but four percent of the 30-something population access Twitter, Facebook, and social networking. Much of the communication is accessed from computer-like phones, thus they have taken an important place on wish lists and in suggested survival gear.

“This is truly a dinosaur,” Barb told her newly-retired friend as they stepped up to order a custom-designed computer phone. The younger woman commented, “I don’t know how you got by all these years on call with just an old phone like this!” Perhaps it was amazing. The doctor had cared for patients for thirty years, had been on call most of the time, with only an ordinary wireless phone. The cover was broken, so the battery was held into place with cellophane tape.

After Barb and her friend left with the new model, the retiree cried, “Hey! I can text! How about that!” She had risen to the same new-skill level as preschooler Chelsea. They’d both become part of the world of worldwide communication at its fastest.

But without any need for wireless connections, towers, Wi-Fi, or a hi-tech device, God listens and answers our communication with Him. His power is never down nor ever out of range. God has been communicating without ceasing for thousands of years. But it begins with you turning on the power button with your mind and heart. “Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.” [Psalm 105:4 NIV] Think, pray, praise, and study the Bible. You’ll attain a new-skill level that surpasses any computer phone user.

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, available from her website, www.button-to-god.com. For more chuckles and to hear a speech, enjoy excerpts of her book and tips, check her entire website options and weekly blog.]

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