DISCLAIMER #2: Certain hemispheres in our house revolve around our cats.
A year ago I came home from the phone store with an upgraded phone and a tablet. I didn't go shopping for a tablet, but my ears heard "great deal" and my brain thought "new toy". Has anyone else ever fallen, or run, into that trap?
To assuage my subsequently guilty conscience, I started trying to use the new tablet/toy for more work and social networking. Easier said than done. Still trying to figure out how to write my blog on it. But, at least I keep trying (once in a while).
I learned the hard way not to overcharge my laptop or tablet. Since school started, my careful consumption of energy hasn't seemed to be paying off. In the mornings checking email, Scripture reading, and tweeting about it typically consumes 15 - 20% of stored energy.
So, when I get home, turn on and see the battery low (11%) alert, what am I supposed to think? Nobody's home but the cats.
Uh-oh! I've been having the same kind of thought a lot lately. You know, like when an expression on one of my granddaughters looks just like their mom at their age, and I wonder when my baby grew up.
My online Scripture study these days in the Old Testament book of Hosea. So far, it's been pretty depressing: lots of sin and disobedience, followed by long overdue Sovereign justice.
As a teacher, I'm all about making connections. I began thinking about things that grow or happen when we're not looking.
What have I gotten a little lax about? Are their people or things I've been a bit neglectful of? Does it bother anyone else that I've ended two questions with prepositions?
I know it's easy for numbers to creep up on my bathroom scales, or the dust bunnies to multiply under the bed. It's also easy to skip daily quiet time, or take a daily personal inventory. And the more I ignore those seemingly little things, the greater my discontent becomes.
But, you know what? We're so blessed that the Lord realizes that we are frail and flawed! He will gently remind or remand us when we stray. And no matter how far off the straight and narrow we stray, He's always there to welcome us back.
Have your cats learned to play on your tablet while you weren't looking? How about those dust bunnies? Don't worry! God's grace will always be greater than any sin that may sneak into our lives. And that's something worth thinking about!