the parable of the PC

There are all sorts of variables when it comes to choosing computers. Yes, for apple-ites I am talking about PCs. You have to consider the processing chip speed, how many cores in the processor, the amount of RAM, whether it is 32 or 64 bit, graphics cards, screen resolution, and so on. All of those characteristics together determine how fast and powerful your computer is. And if you are looking to buy a new machine there are places that will promote one aspect of the machine, its strengths and neglect to tell you about the weaknesses that hamper its over all performance.

Several parabolic thoughts occur to me from this geekiness. One is that a computer could be used as an analogy of a church or a denomination. We have to work within our budget and seek to make the most of the resources we have. But we have to recognise our weaknesses as well and not seek to do things that those weaknesses will prohibit without addressing those weaknesses.

A second is that it is always possible to look at another computer enviously, while not acknowledging that what you have is a remarkable, impressive, oustanding feat of engineering, design and technology. Extrapolate that to looking at your own church, denomination, etc and affirm the positives.

And finally, and this is what got me thinking down these lines, my own laptop has 4GB of RAM but is a 32 bit system, so Windows 7 will only use 3GB of the RAM. There is 1GB (a quarter) of unused capacity. It seems a real shame that the full potential power of the laptop is unutilised: inhibited by the operating system. How do I inhibit the potential of others, or fail to recognise their potential?

Be blessed, be a blessing.


My husband Jeff and I incurred several problems while assembling our new computer system, so we called the help desk.

The man on the phone started to talk to Jeff in computer jargon, which confused us even more. “Sir,” my husband politely said, “please explain what I should do as if I were a four-year-old.”

“Okay,” the computer technician replied. “Son, could you please put your mummy on the phone?”

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