… the thoughts from a life in the Son-shine State


Well, it’s official! We now have internet at home!

(Yeah… Despite toting an iPhone and an iPad, this is one of the behind-the-times things that we just didn’t have the finances to maintain monthly. But praise Jesus! We can now.) 🙂

We got plugged in to the Information Super Highway today via AT&T 3 Mbps Direct DSL. We are locked and loaded! Now, just a click of the mouse, and some punching of the keys, and we have the world at our fingertips – right in the comfort of our own home!

I have entered the Matrix.

There is a scene in the first movie (the only good one of the trilogy) that involves Neo and Morpheus fighting. ***SPOILER ALERT!!!*** Neo get’s plugged in and has a fighting style downloaded into his brain. Once the download is complete, he opens his eyes and says with surprise, “I know kung fu!” They proceed to fight and Neo begins to get a sense of what he can do in the Matrix.

There’s a point to all of this: (Well, then? Get to it!)

When getting all excited and giggling like a little girl about my new internet service, I started to think about this whole Matrix thing. This is just the way I want to work. The idea of having so much info right at my fingertips with hardly any effort to call on it when ever I want – the desire to just get plugged in and download what I need to know in a matter of moments – it thrills me! Part of me wants all of life to work that way! But…

Most things in life don’t work that way.

My relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is not a quick, downloaded program, or iPhone App. I can bookmark all the online Bibles I want, but it takes reading and studying the Bible – it takes time talking with Him!

My relationship with my wife takes work! I can’t just click the “update” button and watch the little bar move across the screen, and then spontaneously have the necessary drivers to stay connected!

The ministry that He has called me to… the job that He has provided for me… the daughter he has blessed me with…

If my life is going to count – if I’m going to grow and be the man God has created me to be – then I can’t just sit back and do as little work as possible. The real impact will happen in those areas of my life where I put the most work and time into. If you want to be of value to the Kingdom of God, then work will be required; and the only thing (or rather only One) that you should be plugging into is the source of all power, strength, wisdom, and love – the Lord of Heaven and Earth! Look at Proverbs 6:6-11 –

6 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.
Learn from their ways and become wise!
7 Though they have no prince
or governor or ruler to make them work,
8 they labor hard all summer,
gathering food for the winter.
9 But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep?
When will you wake up?
10 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;
scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

Hands to the plough,
steve

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Comments on: "Plugged In to the Matrix" (3)

  1. Lol did you really just give a spoiler alert for a 10 year old movie?

    Anyway, good observations 🙂 nothing worth pursuing comes without work. Especially growing into a man.

  2. Grandma Parker said:

    I’ve been thinking lately if there are any verses in the Bible that say we need to get sufficient sleep. I’ve seen this verse and others about not sleeping too much. One could say that since our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, we need to be aware of good health practices, and the powers that be say we need 7-8 hours of sleep a night, and that our bodies are made to need rest. And then there’s the example of God resting on the 7th day. I need to study this further. It feels so good to sleep, but then also to eat food that I hear is not good for me. hmm.. this may be an advertisement for the fruit of the Spirit: temperance.

  3. Awesome blog. Awesome Matrix connection and observations :-). Thanks for making me think, Steve!

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