day 2754: Tech Backlash
“If they can accomplish this when they have just begun to take advantage of their common language and political unity, just think of what they will do later.”
The backlash of Technology continues. After all of these years we are reaching a point where the unintended consequences of the technology we have become so dependent on has turned on us and causing now many issues. We are globally connected and we have every piece of knowledge at our fingertips but yet we are more isolated, lonely, addicted and suicidal than any other time in history. What does this mean? The problem is that we don’t really know, but we can be assured that as time goes on we will be more suspicious and discerning before accepting new technologies into our companies and lives. For those who depend on the new technologies to carry them forward need to be very cognizant and aware.
Digital technology is built upon common software languages that are shared worldwide along with shared and common rules and uses. This is an essential element of why we have been able to globalize and grow the technology industry so quickly and pervasively. And then there are the downsides that come. Maybe we should have seen this coming from what we read in Genesis 11. There was another time when the world came together around a common language and the consequences were seen. God’s Word called it out: “If they can accomplish this when they have just begun to take advantage of their common language and political unity, just think of what they will do later.” Maybe a word today to continue to be on notice for what is still yet to come.
Reference: Genesis 11:6 (New Living Translation)
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day 2753: Generational Questions
“But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.”
Every generation has their own set of questions. In their book, “Millennials Rising”, Neil Howe and William Strauss put the current generations’ questions like this:
- Boomers asked “Why?”
- Gen Xers asked “Why Ask Why?”
- Millennials ask “Why Not?”
The next generation will ask a question, we just don’t what it is yet. But, we’d be best to try and figure it out before we are forced to do so.
Are we not so fortunate today that we don’t have to live within the question marks? Our God has promised faithfulness and love regardless of the generations. So, our is not to question, ours is to be a part of the answer to others as we work today for God’s glory.
Reference: Exodus 20:6 (New Living Translation)
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day 2753: Write It Down
“Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer, however, forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought. Two full years later…”
I’m a slave to my notebook. Why? Because it saves me all the time. I’ve got so many things going on at once that it has become impossible for me to remember everything that I need to remember. The mind is amazing, but it has its limitations and I suspect that with our technology-driven information overload and short form communication that it going to get harder and harder to keep it all straight. But, whatever way we do it (analogue or digital) we can write things down and our memory gets what it needs to be triggered and we get more done. Yes, just write it down.
Need a Biblical reinforcement of that? Joseph spent an extra two years in prison because the cup-bearer forgot to do what Joseph had asked. It was pretty simple – just remember the guy that helped you get out of prison. Maybe, had he written it down he wouldn’t have forgotten Joseph. So maybe, we just need to be writing down something we are to do for someone today that if we don’t forget can make a positive impact in their lives? Or, we can forget and let someone down. Writing it down should take the priority.
Reference: Genesis 40:23-41:1
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day 2751: Ordering
“So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last.”
I read a fascinating analysis on Quartz of how to best board an airplane to get the most efficiencies and speed. Jason Hyrum Steffen, a professor from Nevada came up with this: “His own method, which many consider to be the most efficient, boards passengers in a series of waves, with the first passengers called to board seated in window seats two rows apart—first 30A, then 28A, then 26A and so on. Next, the same for the other side of the plane (30F, 28F, 26F). The process continues with odd row window seats on either side, middle seats, and finally aisle seats. Each person can sit down within moments of one another without getting in anyone’s way. In field tests, it proved to be almost twice as fast as most conventional methods, and 20% to 30% faster than have-at-it, entirely random boarding—which is also faster than the method used by airlines. (He would board slower passengers requiring assistance first.)” Seems complicated, huh? It is especially when we are pretty used to how we have always done it. There is an “ordering” for many things and first in, first out doesn’t always stand true (if you are an Angel Investor you know exactly what I mean here). But, we should be encouraged that with technology everything that gets packed in (boxes, materials, or people) will get more and more efficient with time.
Jesus was pretty clear with how the ordering goes in His Kingdom. It’s so contrary to the world we live in that it may be hard to really grok what it means. I take it that today, we are to not think that our position, our resources, our power or influence mean anything to God. What matters is how we lower ourselves to Him and how we treat and care for the least among us. We can’t be reminded enough of this truth!
Reference: Matthew 20:16 (New Living Translation)
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day 2750: Seeking Freedom
“I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.”
Today, many of our businesses will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. And those that are open may hold moments of remembrance and tributes for what he stood for and accomplished. I’d like to dedicate today’s post to those inside of our companies and organizations who recognize and stand up to defend the message that Martin Luther King, Jr. brought to us. It is not a given that our companies are any better than our society, but many times we take this for granted as if every one of our employees are pure, honest and fair. If this was the case, then all of the unemployed would only be the dishonest and the prejudiced. We know that to not be the way it is so, we need to be even that much more committed to furthering the values and principles of inclusion, equality and diversity in our workplaces.
As we remain committed to bringing glory to God in our work, let’s remember that there are those around us who come from different backgrounds, experiences and cultures, who today may not feel that they are equally appreciated on the job. We can’t assure that everyone around us will stand up and do what is right, but we can assure that we will. That choice is ours!
Happy Martin Luther King Day.
Reference: Psalm 119:45 (New Living Translation)
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