the Parable of Broken Computers

26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”

27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:26-27 New International Version).

It was about 18 months ago. I bought a new laptop. I was still teaching at the time. The school issued me a new MacBook pro. I quit using my PC laptop and moved along with little need for a new PC. When it became apparent that I would not be returning to the classroom, it was time to replace my old laptop.

Against my better judgement, I bought a PC that is one of the leading brands on the market. I did have a church owned computer of that brand that gave me no trouble. Every computer of that brand that I have bought, at some point gave me issues. It happened again with this computer. The manufacturer didn’t want to fix it, the second time it had the same problem, but they did. I ended up replacing that machine before I had it a year.

And interestingly, after making it wait both times, the upgrade failed and I had to look t something different. I would like to think Microsoft would do that but….

I replaced it with another brand that is fairly well known. I have had no problems with this brand in the past beyond the usual three year planned obsolesce. I have had good success over the years and this time was no different. It also lasted less than a year. As I thought back on it, in both cases the presenting problem came from an upgrade that Microsoft would have driven anyone crazy because they wanted the upgrade ran yesterday. The fact that it hadn’t, well, let’s just say, they weren’t amused. I was working on something but because I wasn’t willing to stop and upgrade RIGHT THEN, they were committed to driving me crazy.

My craziness let me to this:

Once there were two computers. At different times they both needed upgrades. The first computer, Bill, worked hard and was ready not too long after the upgrade became available. After the upgrade program completed, he had a message that said the upgrade couldn’t be completed. From that point on, Bill became unreliable.

Introducing Steve. Steve worked hard and much like Bill, was totally reliable, until he wasn’t. Steve also had an upgrade he demanded. Finally, upgrade time arrived. Steve seemed to run the program great. Then came the finish. It was gone. Everything was gone. There were no program files yet. The data files seemed to disappear. Steve’s inability to run programs he had always run was frightening.

Bill still works but isn’t reliable. Steve’s data files were found but he isn’t the same either.

The computers represent us. The upgrade programs are the worldly things that have so much influence on our lives. The ending conditions of Bill and Steve show what can happen when we depend on the ways and demands of the world instead of aligning ourselves behind the one who gives us light and life.

We can’t depend on the ways of the world. We can depend on the ways of God.

Be Blessed.

Seeking the Genuine,

copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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