Journal – Paper or Plastic?

I recently began reading my bible and journaling electronically.  I’m experimenting, to see if I will like this.  Some of the pros have been accessibility of my journal entries – I’m using the youversion.com Bible app, which I can get on my phone, my iPad or my PC.  I like that.  I also like that my phone is easy to carry, vs my journal (and less likely to be left behind).

Cons would be mainly that electronic just feels impersonal to me.  Both bible reading and journaling.  Not sure I like it.  I wanted to give it some time though, to make sure it’s not just me being “old”.

Also there are times when I can’t use my technology.  For example I’m going to High School Leadership Training, a program developed by the church organization we are a part of, this weekend.  No technology.  So of course I have to go old school while there.

I have been debating whether I should mix it up, go back to paper, or what?

Well – today I realized that for some reason some of my newer notes did not sync up to youversion’s site (wherever that is).  What’s worse – when my phone sync’ed up again, it dropped the notes!  So my newer journal entries were GONE!  It was like one or two days – but sucks all the same.  A big strike against…….

I am still on the fence.  I want easy, and always there.  But I don’t want the convenience of technology to ruin it.  It seems like it may be doing just that.

What about you?  Do you journal?  If so – have you tried doing electronic?  If so, how has that been for you?

“He Dropped the Ball!”

Last night I was at my son’s baseball game, which is always quite enjoyable – those kids really know how to play.  Maybe the fact that I could never play makes their skills all the more impressive to me?  I digress….

A player on the  opposing team made a solid hit to right field, and the fielder made an amazing catch.  You know,  the kind where you dive, slide and catch it just before it hits the ground?  Yeah, that kind of catch.  Amazing!

Or was it?

Immediately the umpire (at home plate) yelled “OUT!!!”  The base coach (right by the play)  followed right behind with “He dropped the ball!”.  But the ump kept his call.  The base coach was graceful enough, and let it go – no drama.  Good, I don’t like drama at baseball games.

But then I heard one coach on our side – one who had a good vantage point – say to the other coach, “Yeah, he dropped it”.  Then – THEY dropped it.  The coach didn’t speak up and say, “Yeah, my kid dropped it”.  The kid didn’t speak up.  Nothing.  Just moved on….

Now, I am not here to call out the coaches – I don’t write this to publicly humiliate them.  My guess is nobody reading this would know who the coaches are.  Nor the kid who apparently dropped the ball – and he, like all the kids on the team, are just learning by example.  I don’t write any of this to make them look bad.  I write this, because I think we ALL “drop it” sometimes, don’t we?  What is the speed limit?  Yeah, I obey the law – but I’m in a hurry.  An extra 10 minutes at lunch?  I’m probably entitled to that, no?  What’s the harm, a little dishonesty?

But – integrity is really important to us.  So why are the smaller things so easy to overlook?  Or to “drop”?  Why do we not look at that as compromising our integrity?  God does…

Could you imagine if God made little compromises, like we do?  Jesus might have decided to accept any of satan’s propositions, or decided not to go to the cross after all.  He said he could call an army of angels – he could have decided to do just that.

He trusted his Father though – completely.  When we feel we MUST speed to get to our next location, are we trusting our Heavenly Father completely?

And our Heavenly Father gives us a perfect example to follow.  And commands us to do just that:

…because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16)

“Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48)

Lord, I pray that I can follow your perfect example, and be as close to that example as possible for my children.  I know I’ll slip up – but I ask for the humility to be able to own up when I “drop it”, and the grace to avoid continuing in it.  Lord, make me holy as you are holy – no doubt you are making me holy even now.  Thank you for this…..

Anyway, it was a really fun game….

Taming the Tongue…

But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so (James 3:8-10)

How does one tame the tongue? Maybe guard your heart? Maybe be anxious in nothing, but in all things, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving give your requests to God? And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard you heart in Christ Jesus?

Out of the heart, the mouth speaks. Don’t attempt to  tame the tongue – check your heart….