Okay. I don't make a habit of arriving early to sit in a line to get anything. However, on Friday morning, July 11, Gay and I arrived at Galveston's AT&T store at 5:30 a.m. to get in line to purchase our iPhones. Friday was the release day for the new iPhone 3G. We let our son, who is no longer on our payroll, try out the original version (now obsolete) for a year before we took the leap. He is a true iPhone iBeliver!
When we arrived, we were 5th and 6th in line. We brought our folding chairs, some great coffee, the morning newspapers, and other assorted items to occupy us during our wait. The doors opened at 8:00 a.m. We purchased our phones. By afternoon, we were up and running.
As my vestry will confirm, communication and accessibility are important to me and I use my mobile phone and laptop computer extensively. This little tool represents a sort of quantum leap in those arenas. Wherever I may be, I can be in touch as needed and facilitate communication among others.
We are all learning how to live with these devices - and how to live without them! It's my prayer that the good will outweigh the bad as we find new and better ways to share information, strengthen the bonds of friendship, build up the Church, and do our part to advance the reign of Jesus Christ. After all, he commanded us to love one another and commissioned us to share good news. His first task when he launched his public ministry was to call together a community to do that work. The region in which he traveled was quite small, really. And yet, he sent the community of his followers "into all the world."
Who knows what may be possible for his 21st Century followers throughout the world if we make faithful applications of the amazing communications technology that is available to us? He promised that we would do even greater works than he did! And maybe my little iPhone will help make that possible. Ron+