I got to technology late. I bought a new electric typewriter cheap right after they were obsolete. I avoided email until I was the only one who had never heard from a Nigerian prince. I don’t have a Facebook page, so someone else made one for me without me knowing it. Did you know they could do that?
But every once in a while, a decade or so after everyone else, I experience the joy of technology. I walk everywhere. My office is up two flights of stairs. Many of the people who come to church are well-dressed and expect their minister to be well-dressed. About a month ago I put these facts together and googled “black sneakers that look like dress shoes” and found this:
I am so happy with my Skeechers Dress Knit Relaxed Fit Memory Foam Oxford Shoes. For a while I expected someone to say, “Hey, you’re wearing tennis shoes to work,” but I no longer think it is going to happen.
This has led to a new appreciation of my Google machine. You can google your way through life. The possibilities are amazing.
If you want to get up earlier google, “ideas for getting up earlier,” and set your coffee on a timer, put a warm robe by the bed, and tell yourself “getting up is fun.”
Google “things to do on your commute,” and listen to a podcast, make your to-do list, or get your worrying out of the way.
Google “how to get along with a grumpy co-worker,” and stay cool, take a timeout, and say their name.
Google “things to daydream about” and imagine sitting in a bathtub full of bubbles with a good book, going on a road trip with your best friend, or lunch.
Google “cures for an afternoon slump,” and rub peppermint oil on your hands, brush your teeth, or try some yoga.
If you want “ways to kill time on youtube” you can find bad lip reading, honey badger, and sneezing baby panda.
If you can’t sleep, google “when you can’t sleep,” and turn down the thermostat, take a hot shower, and drink some milk.
The Google machine has more applications to church life than you might think.
If you are having trouble “keeping your child quiet during worship,” google it, give them a phone, hand them Goldfish, or let them wear black sneakers.
Google your way to “ideas for livening up a dull Bible study” like turn down the thermostat, paint something, and use pillows instead of chairs.
Google “ideas for adding fun to a church meeting,” and throw stuffed animals at anyone who says anything negative, bring an egg timer, or go to a movie instead.
Google “how to end a column,” and use a relevant quote—“Google is your friend,” a thought-provoking fact—“Google processes 40,000 searches every second,” or echo the introduction—“I get to technology late, so you probably already knew this.”