Last night I was discussing some things with the family and needed to go back and find some old digital pictures that were not on my “spinning disk”. Confidently, I thought to myself that I had all of those old images, documents and the like from computers gone by archived nicely on a set of compact discs. So, I started to go look for them, and that’s when panic sat in.
Hours later, after digging through several CD’s I now have recreated the digital photograph history of my family from 1998 until the present time and have plans for tonight to archive those in a much more organized and accessible way. Even though I discovered the pictures I needed were actually taken with film – whatever that is – and I will have to search though another box to find those, I still learned a few things about myself.
First, the rate of technology change is absolutely amazing. The first set of pictures in 1998 were taken with a digitial camera that required a 3.5″ floppy disc, the last ones in the set, on a camera smaller then a deck of cards with the ability to store over 1200 very high definition photographs. Secondly, the rate of change in my life’s activities is absolutely amazing. Yes, there is the radical change in the growth of the children, plus there are these two odd skinny kids that show up in the pictures which are supposedly Amy and I, but for the most part as I scanned the backup documents my life has been boringly similiar today at its core.
There are some parts of that that are good! There are some parts of that that are bad. But overall, I was able to see patterns change and some that is as drastic change as the technology change when comparing start to finish.
It reminds me on this Groundhog Day, of the movie with the same name. In that film, the star is stuck in the same day over and over, until he learns to change his ways. For a time he doesn’t realize the issue, and then once he does he fails over and over again, as he learns the changes in his heart that are necessary. There’s a great lesson in that about transformation. We also need to be able to identify those areas in our life that need changed and realize that we will not wake up tomorrow and see that change. It may take several failed attempts to make it happen, but eventually and gradually the transformation occurs.
So on this groudhog day, don’t be afraid of your shadow and have another go at transforming your spirit, and each day little by little things can change. It may take 12 years, it may take 1 more day.
2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 (New Living Translation)