Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Got Back-Up?

My laptop died over the weekend and is now undergoing diagnostics tests by the computer experts.

A word to the wise: procrastination and computers don't mix. In other words, I put off backing up my writings and photographs and now they might be lost forever! Why didn't I play it safe and back stuff up and print out photos as I went along?

Isn't that just like life? We sail along, putting things off, thinking maybe the repainting of the house, the fixing of the car, or the long over-due doctor check-up will just go away. We'll never get sick any way, and the house and car will hold up for another year. Until we do get sick with an ailment that could have been caught early, and we notice the wood on the house is beginning to rot in places from lack of protective paint!

Spiritually, it's easy to fall into the same trap. We think "I'll read my Bible tomorrow;" "I’ll start going back to church one of these days;" "I'll devote time to prayer when things settle down." But tomorrow is just as busy as today and our church and prayer life never materializes. And then out of the blue, our life crashes. It's then we realize we haven't been backing-up our life with Bible reading, prayer and church. We have no foundation on which to stand because our relationship with God hasn't been built.

The time for me to save my documents and photos was before my computer crashed and before my hard drive may have to be erased. The time to prepare for life's stresses and tragedies is before they happen. A relationship with the Triune God of Father, Son and Holy Spirit is the best and only back-up to life that I know of. And that relationship works wonderfully on good days too!

"The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." Matthew 7:25

"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete." Luke 6:46-49

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