Summary: This message focuses on the auto-correct functions of smart phone and how we are sometimes like the smart phones in how we try to auto correct God.
Although it was “my” goal to continue with my present series “Be Encouraged” I felt led to hold it until I return in a few weeks. This morning I want to share a brief warning with you and I want to do so in such a manner that hopefully you will think about this message every time you get ready to send a text message from your smart phone. The idea for this message was birthed by my brother Barry after we both purchased new smart phones. This morning I will use the accepted term “smart phone” as I compare them to “stupid phones” in how they carry out one of their functions. I do not wish to offend anyone with my use of the word “stupid” but I am only trying to make a point.
When I was growing up there were no “cellular” phones. The first mobile phones were those that had to be carried in a case similar to that of a military radio. They were huge! Well as technology advanced, mobile phone became smaller and smaller. I purchased my first mobile phone in 1997 when I was a hospital representative traveling from Little Rock, AR to Tulsa, OK every other week. My phone was small compared to some, but it had a large battery that attached to the back. The battery would get hotter and hotter the longer I talked on the phone. That phone today would be called a stupid phone – or a caveman phone, not having higher intelligence. All it could do was make phone call and at that time it depended on where I was located as to how much those calls would cost. In 1996, text messaging was introduced to the U.S. but its growth was very slow – why – because most phones were stupid phones!
As life would have it, with the growth of any new technology, we must have a convenient way of using it. As text messaging began to grow, cellular companies found a new way to increase their revenue while meeting the constant changing demands of the consumer. The consumers wanted to be able to use all of the current and developing technology and demanded that their phones be able to do just that. So with that demand came the “smart” phone. The smart phone can not only make phone calls, but it can send text messages; take pictures; play videos; and, dare I say it, search the ever expanding internet. This little device is capable of doing what the biggest computer in 1970 could not do.
I currently own a smart phone and my employer have provided me with a stupid phone. I actually prefer texting on my stupid phone because it is “stupid!” My stupid phone does exactly what I want it to do and it does not try to tell me it knows better, hence the two text messages I sent some of you last night (I will talk more about that at the close of this message). One of the most irritating things about my smart phone is that it thinks it is smarter than me – hence the function on the phone called “auto-correction.” My stupid phone does not have this function so it allows me to say exactly what I want to say. It interprets it correctly and does not try to tell me what I mean. However, on my smart phone, if I make the mistake of not catching its correction, then whoever I am sending the message to receive a message and must try to figure out what I was trying to say. Then I am forced to send a second message to correct the first one. I hate the auto-correction function even though it is meant to save me time and speed up my texting. I know I can turn it off, but if I did that you would not be receiving this message about auto-correcting God.