what my new iMac is teaching me about the Holy Spirit

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No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
    and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
    for those who love him. – 1 Corinthians 2:9

iMAC: Today’s post is short and technical. I’ve already “invested” a couple of hours this morning learning to use my new computer, and the process is consuming enough that the writing part of my brain has essentially shut down.

"mostly dead" mac mini
“mostly dead” mac mini

By “new computer” I mean new to me. Last month my old (very old) mac mini finally outlasted its capacity to handle new formats and ideas; I sealed its fate by attempting to cram a new operating system into its “I’m just not comfortable with this” heart and soul. Yes, that’s right, I scrambled the little guy’s brains.

So my good friend, Dan, rescued me with a loaner iMac from 2010 that had been hiding out in the back of his closet. Now it’s mine. I absolutely love it. Not just the 21.5-inch screen for my middle-aged eyes, but the hugely improved operating system. I’m still learning my way around, but so far we’re off to a good start.

FAILED SYSTEMS: Sometimes I think that people can be a lot like my old mac mini: they have an out-of-date operating system, and they can’t process more than just a little of all that is new and imaginative. But then, instead of making room, they hold on tight to dysfunction.

The absurdity is that they know they have a failed model – but the fear of failing again causes them to dig in and cling to the past.

Robertson family
Robertson family

A NEW THING! Moving forward spiritually requires faith, trust, and courage. Creativity and new life demand a little bit of risk taking. We’ll never know if we can swim or not until we stop paddling around in the shallows.

So there are two possible scenarios. One, hold on to the old mac mini, lock yourself into the limitations of what is possible, and unhappily stay exactly where you are until everything around you finally ages out and dies. Or, two, move forward and increase both your capacity and the scope of creative possibilities.

The God I love and serve says things such as, “Look, I am making everything new!” and, “Receive the Spirit!” and, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him!” and, “The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 

And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” – Revelation 21:5

Then Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” – John 20:22

Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! – 2 Corinthians 5:17

image from Amy Donahoo
Life at WFPC! – image from Amy Donahoo

Let’s take Jesus at his word! – DEREK

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