Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Day 211- A Tone First

Today, I downloaded a ringtone to my phone all by myself as a "first."

I know, I know, almost everybody knows how to do this and does this. I'm a part of that small minority of people that has never done this. I did have a ringtone on my last phone.  The way that happened was that I was visiting a lady in our church that was having surgery. Her phone rang and I commented on how I liked her ringtone.  She said it was easy and so I handed her my phone and she put it on there for me.  They do not teach you to do this while visiting people preparing for surgery in seminary.

The phone I have now I've just been using the sounds that came with the phone.  I needed a "first" and I thought it would be cool to have some unique sounds.  So, I went to Zedge and it said it was very easy to download free ringtones. I saw a few I'd like to have so I decided to do that.  It was not all that easy for me. First, I did not realize I would have to download Zedge.  Then, I did not realize that Zedge would have to go through I-Tunes.  So, this was not working so well when something popped up and said I would have to download ToneSync for windows.  That had a tutorial that I watched but somehow I missed one step. This turned out to be a crucial step as I finally got the tones in I-Tunes but could not manage to move them onto my phone despite syncing it 782 times.  I also could not find the dumb tutorial (I do realize that dumb might apply to something or someone besides the tutorial) again.  So, I googled this and the first result showed me everything I needed to know in extremely simple form.  Yes, I wished.  After perusing several sites, I finally figured out the step I was leaving out.  As of right now, if my phone rings, I get to hear the the song "Awesome God." I also downloaded Revelation Song and Days of Elijah.  Since I was doing this, I downloaded a couple of notifications.  When I get a text now, I hear the Old Spice whistle from the commercial. OK, I also downloaded Smoke on the Water that I'll probably use on occasion.

This was not as easy or simple as I had hoped. Not nearly.  I think that probably the Old Spice whistle will get a bit annoying after several days.  It's possible that the newness of Awesome God could go away pretty quickly as well.  What I thought about after doing this was how much better that time could be invested. It is not that I regret doing this; it's kind of fun to be able to switch sounds around on your phone.  I'm also reminded that I can spend that amount of time and read an entire book of the New Testament.  I can use that amount of time to contact a number of people that are hurting or pray for a good many people.  Once again, I'm not down on having fun with gadgets and electronics; I enjoy some of that. They do show us how there are minutes in the day that can be used for God's purposes.  John Piper wrote, "“One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.”  Ephesians 5:15-16 says (NLT), "So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days."  It is an encouragement to use our time in ways that we'll be glad we did 1000 years from.  Let's live with an eternal perspective.

Listening for the abundant life

3 things I thank God for today
1. The song, "Awesome God"
2. Rich Mullins biography, "An Arrow Pointing to Heaven"
3. One of our church members will be leading worship for a revival this weekend

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