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Daniel of Doulogos Name:Daniel
Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
About Me: I used to believe that evolution was reasonable, that homosexuality was genetic, and that people became Christians because they couldn't deal with the 'reality' that this life was all there was. I used to believe, that if there was a heaven - I could get there by being good - and I used to think I was more or less a good person. I was wrong on all counts. One day I finally had my eyes opened and I saw that I was not going to go to heaven, but that I was certainly going to suffer the wrath of God for all my sin. I saw myself as a treasonous rebel at heart - I hated God for creating me just to send me to Hell - and I was wretched beyond my own comprehension. Into this spiritual vacuum Jesus Christ came and he opened my understanding - delivering me from God's wrath into God's grace. I was "saved" as an adult, and now my life is hid in Christ. I am by no means sinless, but by God's grace I am a repenting believer - a born again Christian.
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Thursday, February 23, 2006
The Sony Peg-TH55


This is a Sony PEG-TH55 Palm Pilot.

Mine died about two weeks ago - after I zapped it with a static charge. I tried everything, but it was dead as a door-nail. I took it apart, I looked at this and that, wiggled some wires - nothing. I tried hard resetting it, soft resetting it, resetting it when it was on the charge, hard resetting it on the charge - you name it, I tried it all. Dead, dead, dead.

Slowly, over the course of these past days the charge in the battery dissipated.

My last hope was that once the battery was completely discharged, I might be able to recharge it once again. So last night I tried it - still dead. I put it on the charger for an hour and gave it a shot.

It worked.

You might not find that very interesting - but I have been praying that God would give me insight into living right before him. And that insight comes by way of the "spin" my understanding of scripture can put on events.

When the palm pilot was zapped, the battery was still fully charged, and I don't doubt that it was because of that static discharge that a diode (an electronic switch) inside my palm pilot went zener (diodes allow current to flow in only one direction through the circuit - if you apply a great enough voltage to the diode however, it can "open" and allow current to flow backwards - this backward flow is described as the "zener" potential. All diodes have a zener rating, and once they go zener, they stay zener till the flow stops.) My hope therefore was that rather than frying an FET (Field Effect Transmitters are notoriously easy to fry...), I was hoping that I had a zener issue. It was a long shot, but it was my last shot.

The picture therefore is that of an electronic device that is fully charged and even electronically sound - but in a zener state and utterly useless until the charge is entirely gone and a new charge given.

In my zeal however, I kept hoping that I could charge it up before it was actually discharged. So for the first couple of days, I would put it on the charger and try it again. It was still dead. In fact, had I put it on the charger every day, it would still be dead today, because the charge was the very thing that was keeping it dead.

Not unlike self effort in our Christian walk. We try and become better, deeper Christians by doing those activities that we imagine better and deeper Christians do. We pour our effort into our Christian experience just as I was pouring electricity into my palm pilot - but no matter what effort we make, it doesn't help the fact that we are dead, dead, dead. Just as charging my palm pilot arrested the possibility that my palm pilot would come back to life - so too, everything we do that isn't born of faith keeps Christ from living in us.

Just as my palm pilot could not "come back to life" until it was completely dead, so too, no Christian can claim to be alive until they have died with Christ on the cross.
posted by Daniel @ 10:42 AM  
3 Comments:
  • At 12:28 PM, February 23, 2006, Blogger Jim said…

    Great thoughts Daniel, quite the analogy.

    Jim

     
  • At 11:13 AM, February 24, 2006, Blogger Donnie said…

    Considering the day that I am having and that I am coming yet again to another discovery of myself before our wonderful Saviour and where my love has been cold for Him by my actions (and in actions), this post has been another in a series of occurences today that are helping me to "Get it".

    I plan on posting about how my love has been cold for the One who bore our sins. I think I am discovering what grace "really and truly" means.

    Your words are from The fountain of Life.

    I thank you and our Mighty Redeemer.

    Peace and Grace in Christ alone,

    Donnie

     
  • At 8:55 PM, February 24, 2006, Blogger Daniel said…

    Donnie - I am just tickled that you stopped in and said hi.

    Welcome.

    Dan

     
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