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Reset Needed

We all need a reboot now and then.

The elementary school building where I work is loaded with SMART technology. For instance, the lights in almost every room are activated when they sense motion. After a period of inactivity, they turn themselves off. The outside doors have no keys; your teacher ID badge unlocks them when you hold it up to a reader.

A few of our summer school teachers are from other schools, and as a lead teacher it’s my job to get them building access. So I notified the district and asked them to program the new teacher fobs to open our doors. I received an email later that day saying everyone was good to go.

But they really weren’t. One of the new teachers tested her fob. The pad beeped, but the locks didn’t disengage. I contacted the district tech people and they promised to look into the problem ASAP. A short time later I received another email.

“The building access control system was down. The doors only recognized the IDs authorized before that time. System has been reset and is back online. The new teachers should have access.”

I know it worked, because people stopped texting me to come let them in!


This kind of thing happens in a Christian’s walk with God as well. Our spiritual system goes offline and we’re stuck remembering only what God said and did before that. The little circle icon spins and spins and a message pops up: _____ is not responding.

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Here’s one of my favorite “offline, to back online” scriptures:

  • system is down

“Do not call to mind the former things, or consider things of the past.” — Isaiah 43:18 (NIV)

  • system is back online

“Behold, I am going to do something new, now it is springing up; Will you not be aware of it? I will make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” — Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)

Think with me for a moment how this happens in the Bible:

Noah and the Ark: reset needed. Start building an ark.

Abram: life reboot. Leave your home and travel to a place God shows you. Oh, and your new name is Abraham.

Christ’s twelve disciples (plus Paul): total system restart. A new life with a new purpose.

There WILL be resets and reboots in our walk with God. Are we ready? It’s good to remember God’s last instructions. But it’s GREAT to pray, “Lord, what’s next?!”


The Journey

Set sail from the shore-with my back to the wind.

Let go of the wheel; put it all in God’s hands.

And drift with the current awhile.

Until Jesus smiles.

By David Duncan


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By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

32 replies on “Reset Needed”

A perfect Sunday read. Yes, we do need a reset and reboot in our journey and relationship with God. When things seems chaotic and out of focus, perhaps it’s because we are so from him that we lost sight of who we are and his best plans in the present and the future. Thank you. Truly an inspiration 🙏 Take care.

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Thank you. I’m sure there are lots of reboots on a ranch as well. I’m only one generation away from farmer stock. So the memories of watching my cotton farming grandfather redo or replant something are still fresh.

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Thanks, Pete. I just edited my post—gave the poem a title and put my name under it. Yes, I’ve envisioned this as a pre-chorus or bridge of a song about putting everyone out there for God. Blessings!

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I hear you, Bruce! I think it’s all the do-overs that add up to wisdom as we age. My late father seemed to always know what to do. I’m sure he didn’t ALWAYS, but he knew the general direction to go. Thank you for your comment. Blessings to you as well!

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Yes sir! Our Eternal Tech Engineer always knows best. My life has been rebooted a few times under His watchful eye as well. God Bless you, brother. Thank you for your helpful thoughts. Blessings!

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Thank you for this reassuring post David. I have lost count the amount of times I have needed a spiritual reboot in times of trial. Praise God (the Eternal Tech Engineer) that He knows what we need and when we need it.

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Yes, it is helpful to look back and remember what God has done for us in the past; but it’s equally important to look forward with an air of expectancy. God is always doing a new thing. With Him, it is always TODAY.

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