Reset Needed

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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32 responses to “Reset Needed”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you! You take care, as well. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  2. Island Traveler Avatar

    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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  3. Crystal Byers Avatar

    It all begins with an image or a thought or a chorus. The words will come—one at a time.

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  4. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Crystal. The song is a prime example of writer’s block in action. It’s a chorus in search of a verse or two.


  5. Crystal Byers Avatar

    Each sunrise is another opportunity to reset the mindset. Thanks for this reminder, David. Love the song.

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  6. Voice Coach Flozie Avatar

    Thank you so much, God bless you

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  7. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome. Your recent post about singing and playing skillfully (as unto the Lord) spoke directly to me as well. I appreciate your reading and commenting.

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  8. Voice Coach Flozie Avatar

    This is an eye opener, thank you for speaking directly to me

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  9. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you,Beth. Resets and reboots can be harrowing. It’s a good thing God never leaves us.

    Hi Adi! 🐾

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  10. Beth Alisan Avatar

    Great selection of scriptures David. Could clearly see the reset and reboot message in each. Happy 4th of July!

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  11. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Understood, Barb. It’s a good thing that resets and reboots with God don’t involve fancy tech. He is just an old-fashioned prayer away!

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  12. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    Technology is great…when it works

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  13. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I’m glad you enjoyed the post, Angel! Thank you for stopping by. The little poem is part of a song I’ve never finished. Hopefully, I will complete it one day. Blessings!

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  14. Musings&Roses Avatar

    Thank you! I had so many take aways from this!
    The poem, 👏👏👏

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  15. davidsdailydose Avatar


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  16. God Still Speaks Avatar

    I guess that holds true with everything in life, when I think about it. I know during covid there was a lot of redoing, and replanting—planting our butts on the couch! 😆

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  17. davidsdailydose Avatar

    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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  18. davidsdailydose Avatar

    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!


  19. God Still Speaks Avatar

    Absolutely spot on! And yea, lucky you being lead teacher saddled with showing them! The Scriptures for your reboots are so very good!

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  20. pastorpete51 Avatar

    Wow I loved it. Revisit that. I thought I heard a song there and wondered if it was yours. Sounds like the bridge between verses.

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  21. jesusluvsall Avatar

    Maybe a coffee shop

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  22. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes. Thankfully, God allows do-overs. Thanks, Matt! I hope you’re enjoying your holiday weekend. Let’s see, what will you do? Maybe visit a coffee shop.😃

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  23. jesusluvsall Avatar

    Fortunately with Jesus we can reset each day

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  24. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Hello, Pete. The piece at the end is a fragment of a song I started but have never finished. I should have owned up to it. Blessings!

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  25. pastorpete51 Avatar

    Great post Dave, but I am unfamiliar with those lyrics of your close. Is that a song? Poem? Did you write it? Have a happy 4th brother!

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  26. davidsdailydose Avatar

    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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  27. Bruce Cooper Avatar

    This is good! Scary at times but good. Funny how you can sense in your spirit a new beginning, a new reset. The sweet presence of God. Blessings!

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  28. davidsdailydose Avatar

    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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  29. Alan Kearns Avatar

    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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  30. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Amen! Thank you for reading and commenting. Blessings!

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  31. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    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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