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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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June 2, 2011 - Potential

By William E. Richardson

“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14, NKJV).

Rapid technological change is swirling all around us. We’re tuned in, online and otherwise connected in ways we weren’t a few years ago. We define this era of connectivity with words like “progress” and “potential.” But where is the real potential?

Once upon a time, radios were large pieces of front room furniture. Then television gave images to the sounds. Radios have since gotten smaller and portable. Television shed its initial skin, altering its shape and size. We call that change and progress.

Cell phones are another modern advancement. What began as large mobile phones in cars now fit in purses and pockets. Along the way, phones got smart, offering much more than simple voice transmissions.

More change. More progress.

What can computers do? In a recent three-day presentation on the TV show Jeopardy!, IBM’s computer marvel, Watson, deftly defeated the quiz show’s two previous trivia giants.

A lot of brain power went into each of those advances. Clearer television and computer images? Due to some clear-headed human thinkers. The latest versatility of smart phones? Thanks to some smart people.

But the real potential lies not in the latest version of our tools, or even in our own ability, but in the extent to which we will allow God to use us. In 1844, on the cutting edge of what was then modern technology, Samuel Morse sent the very first telegraph message: “What hath God wrought?” Quoting from Numbers 23:23, he credited God with making his human accomplishment possible.

As someone created in God's image, you have the ability to bring positive change. Progress that honors God springs from spiritually renewed minds. In the months ahead, how will you improve your world with your God-given potential?

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God.




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