Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Technologically Challenged & Admitting It
When we have a time change, there is someone(or several people) to change the clocks.... all of the clocks. :) My husband sets the thermostat - I did fine with the older style, but the new electronic one that needs to be set for time of day, temperature, am or pm, weekdays or weekends and on and on..... he does that one, although if I am too hot or cold, I DO know how to push the correct buttons to do a temporary change. :)
Computers are not my area of expertise... I can use a computer and I can do many things on it.... after someone shows me how.... a few times. :) I won't even tell you how long it took to learn how to turn it on or off back when we had a desktop and had to remember to turn on the computer tower, the screen, the modem....and plug something into.... somewhere... the correct "somewhere". I learned....but it doesn't come naturally to me.
Learning to blog has been a challenge and I am so thankful for my daughter(Wholesome Joy) who catches on to this stuff SO much easier.... just seems to understand it better. When we first started blogging and were supposed to put a "button" on our post as a link back after a link up.... it was quite confusing to both of us. With time, we have gotten lots better. When we need to change something.... or when we started Google+, when we need to add gadgets or widgets or whatever, my daughter is the one who figures it out... .and I am admitting that I don't try on such things a lot anymore.... she is so capable and enjoys it, so I love it that she shines there..... and I don't have to. :) That allows me to do the work I need to do.
Well, anyway, this technology thing carries over to cell phones. Yes, the phone pictured above IS my cell phone... a Razor. Yes, I know it is "old school" as my guys like to say about a lot of things. *sigh* But it is pretty.... did you notice that pretty lavender color? :) Also.... I can use it to make or receive phone calls... which is really all I wanted a cell phone for anyway. My husband uses his cell phone (also a Razor) as a calculator and does really well with it.... I go get a REAL calculator when I need one(and it's faster since it would take me a while to figure out how to get to the calculator in my phone and work it). :)
One day, we got a notice that our pastor's cell phone number had changed, so I took note of it and put it into my phone. I told my kids that I had done so and they were visibly shocked and impressed. Then I realized they misunderstood me, so.... I opened my phone to show them I had put the phone number INTO my phone.
You see, it has taken me a long time to learn I don't have to be perfect ... or good at everything. I used to try. The problem is that only God is perfect and for me to try to be perfect is showing that I don't have a right perception of who God is.... only He is perfect.
I may sound like a shallow and silly woman to you, but I'm really not... I am able to do many things and am reasonably intelligent, but I have also become much wiser. You see, God made me just the way He wanted me.... and it is okay if I am better at some things and not so good at others. It is okay if others are really good at something.... and I am not. It is okay for me to do what God has gifted me to do.... and allow others to do what God has gifted them to do. I CAN do those things... but it takes a LOT of work. What a relief to spend that energy on the work God has for ME, instead of allowing pride to push me to excel at everything.
It has helped me to come to this point..... and I think it has helped others around me also.... we don't need to compete..... we just do what we need to do .... and I rejoice over their abilities and they rejoice over mine.... and we all learn to laugh (kindly) at the ways we compensate for not being as good at something... like my post-it note inside my cell phone. It is good to learn to laugh at ourselves. :) Someday, we may have a "Smart Phone" and I do not really look forward to that.... but I can learn to use one if I need to - and if they show me how .... many many times. .:) I have even gotten much better at sending and receiving texts... a little slow, but I can do it now.
Are you pushing yourself to do things that you don't really need to even do? When we first got married, I knew a lot more about fixing things than my husband did - I grew up in a family who did that...and he didn't. Well, I could hang pictures faster and put up curtain rods faster.... after all, I am the one who taught him how to hold a hammer correctly. Well, my pride at being "good" at doing such things wounded him and I didn't even realize it. When I quit trying to be perfect at it...and let him do those jobs, no matter how long it took him to do them.... he learned and learned and he grew.... and I realized that I really LIKED being able to leave that stuff to someone else..... just like leaving the technology stuff to someone else. We can unknowingly hurt others or hurt our relationship with the Lord by allowing pride to push us. My motivation needs to be to honor the Lord.... and if that truly IS my motivation, then I can allow others to shine... and encourage them... and just do what God has for me to do.
Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you have a great day serving God in the way He wants you to serve Him. :)
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