At our New Year’s Eve service, it was a battle of me vs. technology. After a couple of wonderful services over Christmas where everything fell into place beautifully, nothing wanted to work right on Dec 31. A video I wanted to show wouldn’t go, even though I had tested it earlier. The sound on my Powerpoint Review of 2007 didn’t work and the font messed up. And then my message slides wouldn’t show. None of this had anything to do with our great Tech team. Ken and Ron valiantly worked with me to make the best of it.
But, despite the glitches, we still worshiped. We still prayed. We still explored God’s Word. I love technology. I have my ipod glued to my ears even as I write this on my Vista-powered laptop (Mac users insert joke here), connected wirelessly to the Internet. But technology is no saviour. It can enhance, but it can never replace.
So, it was a frustrating service for me. But I learned again that my hope is in God alone and I need no fancy gadgets to connect to Him. I’ll still use technology (we’ll try that video again on Sunday!), but it must always be the servant, never the master.
Here’s a question for you to wrestle with: are there areas where technology has become a master in your life?