Changing careers and joining the Australian
Defence Force at age 52 was always going to be difficult. Amongst the many,
many challenges I faced was the technological one. Now readers may interpret
that and think of the challenges of facing the cutting edge technology in a
military environment, but in my day-to-day work the challenge is quite the
opposite. As an original Mac-man I knew my first technological hurdle was going
to be using a PC for the first time in my life. It felt like abandoning the light
and embracing the dark side! With the courage instilled in me by my military
training, I overcame the early challenge of clicking on ‘start’ to shut down.
Simple things like selecting a printer caused issues. Then I discovered last week
that hiding behind ‘start’ were the previously unfound Word, Excel and
PowerPoint programs. Surviving the initial pain however only softened me for the
major subsequent technological shocks to come.
For some reason, the ADF uses Word version
2004. Personally I resist updating to the latest version, but Word 2004 was
released when I was still a young man. Then recently I unpacked my brand new
ADF issued phone, which can best be described as a very dumb phone. It is
actually made by a company called Nokia, who I was not even sure was still in
business. Unlocking the thing, entering contacts and generally using it is like
driving an EH Holden when your current drive is a 2011 Subaru Forester. Of
course driving a column shift EH has a certain charm, but adjusting back to a
dumb phone has none. Somehow, sitting on my desk next to my iPhone, the Nokia
even looks dumb. Once you have tasted a technological advance it’s hard to go
As a Christian one of our joys is to help
people experience the love and grace of God, sometimes for the first time.
Knowing God is in many ways an emotional, intellectual and spiritual
breakthrough. The thrill of technological advancement is minor compared to the
enlightenment of a living, personal relationship with the creator and designer
of life itself. Knowing you are loved, forgiven and valued by God changes
To the believer there is no turning back to
the dark side. Tragically in the darkness many are unconvinced that the
promised light is either real or worth the effort. Knowing God involves the
realisation that our systems and senses are defective and we need a better way.
Once you have tasted the goodness of God, the
world’s pleasures simply seem a little ‘yesterday’.
Once you have seen the glory of God there can
be no turning back to old ways.
Taste and see that the Lord is
good, blessed is the one that takes refuge in him.Psalm 34. 8