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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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The “answer”

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I couldn’t sleep the other night. So I turned on the living room television, but found mostly infomercials. Some guy with a mullet and a bow tie hoped to sell me, “The Answer.”

“Yes! For just two easy payments of $39.95, you can possess the greatest wealth building secrets of all time–conveniently printed on three laminated cards.”

The huckster claimed he carried these cards in his back pocket at all times; they allowed him to make thousands of dollars while he slept.

“Your pajamas have pockets? There’s not an app for that?”

There’s nothing like talking back to a TV at 2 a.m.😉

After about 30 minutes, I returned to dreamland. But something from that silly infomercial stuck in my head: the idea of making money in your sleep. There’s a passage in the Bible about God working while we sleep, I thought. Sure enough, I found it over breakfast.

It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.

Psalm 127:2 (NIV)

What strikes me about this verse is the fact that God GIVES. One of the cross references is Isaiah 55:1–where the Lord invites everyone to “Come to the waters and drink at NO COST.”

Inspired, I dug deeper into the Bible to find more things that God gives us. Here’s a sampling:

  • God gives us songs in the night (Job 35:10).
  • He gives food to every creature (Psalm 136:25).
  • The Lord gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness to those who please Him. (Ecc. 6:22).
  • God gives strength to the weary (Isaiah 42.29).
  • Jesus gives us peace that’s not like the world’s (John 14:27).
  • He gives us life and breath and everything else (Acts 17:25).

Of course, all these things aren’t REALLY without cost; they are free to us because Christ already paid for them. That could be a discussion in itself.

In the meantime, isn’t it wonderful that God freely offers His best to us?

You don’t need the “answer” to anything if you know the God of everything!

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Unless the Lord Builds

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.

Psalm 127:1 (NIV)

As I’ve mentioned before, my wife and I are compulsive watchers of the HGTV (Home and Garden Television) network.

The other night we saw a rerun of Holmes Makes It Right that gave me nightmares! If you haven’t seen it, the show stars Mike Holmes, a veteran contractor and home inspector, who helps homeowners fix major issues with their properties.

On most episodes Mike runs into even greater difficulties than expected. Invariably, it turns out an unqualified person did work on the property that was not up “to code.” Such shoddy craftsmanship poses a hazard–hidden inside walls or under floors for years. “Just one spark,” says a scowling Mike, “and the whole house could have been ruined.”

Heaven has a reality show as well. It’s called, Unless the Lord Builds the House. On the show, God, the veteran creator and life inspector, helps people fix major issues with their lives. Invariably, His clients find more personal problems than expected. The Lord, however, is not surprised. The work was not done to Biblical code and has been a hazard–hidden inside hearts and minds for years. “Just one prayer,” says a smiling creator, “and your whole house can be saved.”

The apostle Paul was also a builder, of sorts. He told the Christians at Corinth they were “God’s building,” and that Jesus Christ was the foundation– (1 Corinthians 3:9b,11)

He also admonished them to be careful about their choice of building materials. The Corinthians could build on the foundation of Christ with high quality items (gold, silver and precious stones) or inferior items (wood, hay and straw). And the quality of each believer’s work would be tested by God on Judgment Day–with 🔥 FIRE!🔥– (1 Corinthians 3:10-15).

This is where my nightmare comes in. After watching Mike find the hidden dangers caused by inferior craftsmanship, I dreamed that night about my own house–with gaping holes in the brick veneer. I woke up just after a home inspector told me the damage was due to substandard building techniques.

Of course, in my waking hours, I made the connection –remembering Paul’s builder analogy–and thought about my own spiritual house.

Yes, the Lord builds the house, but you and I have a hand in it too.

May we be competent craftsmen.


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Some material in this post was reused from Daddy Knows which originally published on June 16, 2019.