With everyone else, I sorta smile when I see Apple’s commercials that say, “There’s an app for that!”
But what I didn’t realize was just how true that seems to be...or how much those “apps” would change my life.
For some reason, ipad has helped me get both my professional and my personal life organized in ways that I’ve never been able to achieve before. As a minister, I’m always going lots of different directions, and sometimes I didn’t know whether I was going or coming. But with apps like “Daily Notes” and “ToDo” I can make all sorts of lists. I can keep record of what I need to do, and what I’ve accomplished, as well as pertinent information on a variety of subjects. There’s even an app called ipastor that helps me keep up with my church’s ministry needs.
In my personal life, I’ve gotten my cluttered, disorganized, and perpetually messy house under control. I use an app called “Home Routines” to help me figure out what I need to do each day so that the house never gets too bad. I’ve even got all my recipes organized so there is no more digging through cookbooks, but instead everything is at my fingertips, and sortable by cooking time, occasion, or ingredient.
But perhaps my best accomplishment is that I am now virtually sticky-note free (which is phenomenal considering that I used to have them EVERYWHERE).
Organize your life? Take control of your “stuff”. Yeah, there’s an app for that.
"Graceland" is the name of my favorite song and album. It's by Paul Simon, but more importantly, it's what "home" sounds and feels like to me. We always listened to this album as we traveled from my home in Tennessee to my parents' childhood homes in Florida. But today, it's also a pretty good snapshot of my theology. Somewhere I really believe that the Christian journey is all about a wild trip to Grace-land. As I see it, Grace-land is the place where God is waiting to meet even us–with all the baggage and brokeness that we tote with us. Grace-land is the place where we will be received with open arms, even though our attempts at “getting it right” have been miserable failures at best. But, I think, every step we take is a step on the journey to Graceland.