In which “saved” is a good thing (Joe [not your real name] pt 3)

by Craig on October 13, 2011

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(Because it’s funny – and it’s what’s inside my brain right now)

Oh, and this is part two – it’ll be much more fun to read if you read part one first…it’s over on Deep Into Love (here).

So the question is…

what happens when you aren’t saved?

Apparently you can’t be recovered…
it’s like you never existed…
and all the work that went into you is wasted…
like it never existed…
and although I’m sure some CIA computer specialist could find you…
I couldn’t…
and I can’t…
because you weren’t “saved”…
and you and the other open documents got deleted…

So I ask you. Is it important to be saved…
now rather than later?

One who pays heed to the wind will never sow,
and one who watches the clouds will never reap. (Eccl 11:4)

It’s hardly ever the perfect time…
but sooner or later, every later is now anyway…
and the funny thing…even if the perfect time arrives…
we’d still have questions…

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Anyway, I saw this in my twitter stream yesterday:

@KatieGanshert tweeted:

You know what’s hard? Losing your words. I lost two days worth and I’m really struggling to recreate them. Ugh! #joythief

Apparently Katie leaves her docs open and unsaved on her computer – and they got zapped. I felt bad. So I tweeted back:

@KatieGanshert I leave my docs open on my computer too. I just finished a prayer for those words to find their way back to you. God Bless.

And then I glance down at the open and “unsaved” documents on my computer…
hours and hours and hours of work…
like, for instance, today’s posts written and ready to go…
most of you know I don’t write posts ahead of time…
but before dawn each day – for that day…
but this time I wrote them ahead of time because of a…
how shall we put this…
an unexpected opportunity (that would be part one)

And I know this Scripture – and it’s got nothing to do with computer files, but still, it kind of rings in my ears…

“…behold, now is a very acceptable time;
behold, now is the day to be saved.” (2Cor 6:2)

And I keep thinking, shouldn’t I save those?

But I don’t…

I wait until later…

anyway, later is fine…

what could happen…

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Now…

I really have done nothing I know of to insult Bill Gates – but he has issues with me…
like sometimes he doesn’t allow people to see my blogs on Internet Explorer…
and he makes new Windows platforms every eight days…
and some old programs don’t work anymore…
and so new ones must be purchased…
from…

wait for it…

Bill Gates.

I’m not saying that Bill Gates is – well – you know.

But tell me if this isn’t a little like – well – you know.

Overnight he instructs his minions to install Windows updates.
Then he remotely shuts down my computer…
without saving any of those lovely open and “unsaved” files.

Now, he has promised that his Microsoft Word program is supposed to “save” files before doing this – before consigning them to oblivion! But it doesn’t…and they aren’t saved…and poof…oblivion.

Again, I’m not saying Bill Gates is – well – you know.

anyway…

the timing is interesting…

and so Joe (not really your name)…

if you’re reading…

I know you get all this computer stuff…

and I know you know what I’m talking about…

and Joe (not your real name) I’m just thinking that the time really is now…

“saved” is a good thing…

it’s a good thing for right now…

and it’s way better than lost forever…

and there’s more…

please come back.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Cora October 13, 2011 at 12:01 pm

It IS amazing to do a quick inventory of life and revisit all the “biggies”. Accidents, bad news at the doctor’s office, deaths of people we love, illness, pet emergencies, etc. And through it all, we somehow remain level headed, make wise decisions, and our faith and trust is intact, AND . . . even grows deeper. But take the little “mice nibbling at the vines,” and we fall apart into broken, whining, snibbling, life-is-falling-apart psychiatric disasters!!!! In fact, it was when I worked in a psychiatric hospital that I started saving stuff every few minutes. Just start transcribing stuff that drones on and on and on for hours and then lose it —- it only takes once!
So I am now a “save-a-holic.” So glad you did not lose your blogs, Craig. Actually, you should get a big pack of paper, a few ink cartridges, and print ALL the posts out.

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Craig October 13, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I read something in seminary from a book written in the 1800s by a preacher – and he spoke of how we can face the greatest tragedy with such strength – and yet be dashed “asunder” (or some other 1800-ish word) by the breaking of a dinner dish. It’s a very loose quote – from memory. But it says just what you said. And I think that as long as I back the blogs up with regularity – I don’t have to worry about losing them – but maybe you’re right. I’d really hate to lose all of this stuff. Will you be doing the same with yours?

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Katie Ganshert October 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm

You are so right! Saved is an amazing thing! In so many, many ways! So sorry you lost work too! Great post, and thanks again for that prayer!

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Craig October 13, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Thank you Katie – and I’m sorry you lost your stuff too, but the timing, me losing my “unsaved” stuff, the day after you did, and after seeing your tweet about it losing yours, and me, sitting here with this ongoing conversation of salvation, and “saving” – sometimes you just have to stand in awe of the timing of the God who holds the universe together. God bless you, Katie.

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Dawn October 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Craig,

This is SO funny and then you think about it in terms of eternity and you stop laughing until… you read the next phrase which makes you laugh again until…

I think you’ve been living with Laska the love kitty too long. Your posts have the same drop dead right on humorous seriousness… only you really must learn to spell better.

May the parable go right to the heart of the computer geek so that he posts one of these times. Are you reading me Joe?

Dawn

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Craig October 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I KNOW! it’s funny ( not) funny ( not) . It really is. And it’s interesting how Laska and I sometimes have the same writing style isn’t it? And your line about me learning to spell better – it made me smile – thank you. I’ll work on it ツ and between you and me, Dawn,I think if “Joe” really were reading – he probably would’ve dropped a note by now. Sooner really is better than later, when it comes to “saving”. God bless you Dawn. I hope he finds his way – he’s not far from the Kingdom.

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Martha Orlando October 13, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Craig,
I am so sorry you lost those files, my friend! I had that type of thing happen to me in the past, so now I am OCD about pushing that “save” (saved!) button every chance I get when I am writing.

Unlike you, with your gracious spontaneity in writing, I stay anywhere from seven to ten days ahead of when I will post, and save to a word document. When the day to post arrives, I edit myself as I place the words directly onto my blog. I seem to need that time between actual creation and implementing to regard my writing with more objectivity. That’s just how I roll.

Oh, and I’m with Dawn – your sense of humor shines through even the most serious subjects, in this case, is one saved? What happens when they are not? I shudder to think . . .

Thank you for another marvelous reflection and may God bless you!

Oh, and I hope He finds those files! :)

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Craig October 13, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Ugh – Martha – it’s like I told Dawn – I’m typing all of this still and sackcloth and ashes. I lost so, so, so much stuff. It has to ba a minimum of 20 hours worth of work. With the automatic save options – Microsoft Word is supposed to save stuff when the computer shuts off for some random reason – and it didn’t. I have grown to rely on that option – and suddenly today it’s all poof – gone. I’m moving forward, I’m smiling, but pardon me for one second………

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Okay, I feel better now. Thank you. I’ve been needing to do that. I am OCD about so many things – I may have to borrow some of your OCD about the save button. And I wish I could get ahead on my posting like that. None other than Ann Voskamp – the gracious soul that she is, told a person who hadn’t even posted a single post yet – to get 10 post ahead. That was me she told. That woman is so full of grace. Anyway, I’d like to get ahead now – but two posts a day – Monday through Friday – that’s 10 posts a week – with a sleep deprived brain – and I really do take about three hours per post when all is said and done – now they’re just simply is no time to get ahead. Although, I kind of heart the way each post is fresh for the day – like bakery bread. Still, it’s stressful each predawn morning – the negative voices swirling around me – and yet – more often than not, things come out okay. Boy! Thank you for your comment. Martha – it’s a little like therapy! Whew. Thank you. And God bless you!

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Martha Orlando October 13, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Borrow my OCD anytime!
I loved your analogy of fresh writing to freshly baked bread; nothing like it!
You are so dedicated to your posts and, although I can imagine how you do it, I think it takes a particular personality and courage to trust in the ability to make it happen. So glad God has blessed you with this!
Oh, and sleep? It’s needed in this one, but maybe not in you?
Don’t let the negative voices interfere. Keep on keeping on for the Lord, no matter what.
You are a blessing! :)

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Craig October 15, 2011 at 8:34 am

I had an uncle once who had a bakery – and every day. He made that bread, fresh – in those big stone ovens – but that was different. I think – it was the same bread every. single. day. I think that’s the scariest part of writing fresh stuff for the blogs – you always doubt as you sit down to write something if it will be good – and then of course the clock is ticking – and you never know – or at least I never know – when the haze, or fog from lack of sleep will be almost overwhelming – but it’s been done every day – two posts – Monday through Friday – and most of them turned out passable ツ and I will keep moving forward – thank you Martha. No looking back – eyes on the prize. God bless you.

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Katie October 13, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Oh to be saved… it is essential, but I often don’t even think of backing up what I write on my blog sometimes. Hmmm…. may have to start.

I am sorry you lost your “children” for a bit. Love doesn’t sweat the small stuff… but what if it is the big stuff? What is small stuff and big stuff? What is big to me probably isn’t big to someone else.

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Craig October 15, 2011 at 8:38 am

Katie, I don’t know about Xanga, but WordPress comes with a backup program thing – but just like I didn’t hit the button for the lost documents – I hardly hit the button for that – and you really don’t want to know when the last time was that I backed up my computer :/

and you make such a good point – everything is so relative – what slices and dices one heart – doesn’t even graze another – and what’s big – and small – is relative to time – space – and person. So smart. Katie! That sounds like a bit of blog fodder. When you write that post – make sure you let me know so I don’t miss it! God bless you.

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Victoria October 14, 2011 at 12:03 am

I love how you …what’s the word? juxtaposted? sp….. no…clipped together? no…zipped…
ok, yeah, like a zipper’s teeth coming together saving and being saved.

Saving is of major importance.
Being saved, well that’s paramount.
I wonder if Bill Gates is saved.

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Craig October 15, 2011 at 8:40 am

Victoria, I think that may be the word – there’s probably even a better one – a more literary one – but my mind works that way anyway – it sees the analogy – and then slips in and out of it. It’s probably a little confusing to read – for somebody that doesn’t have my mishmash brain. I’m glad that you got it. And is Bill Gates saved? Good question. But if he is – why does he torment me so? ツ

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Debbie October 14, 2011 at 8:41 am

Oh I am so sorry . . .and realized this morning that I lost someone else’s words that I had left opened and unsaved. Now at the same time, I have to say I am not sorry for the wonderful way it drove home the question of being saved now or later!
And Joe, just so you know, God is a zillion times more gracious and merciful than well – you know. But now is definitely better than later. When my dad was dying of cancer and everyone began telling him about Jesus, about being saved, he asked why no one told him sooner. It broke my heart and taught me a valuable lesson all at the same time.
God bless you, Craig, and help you as you rewrite today!

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Craig October 15, 2011 at 8:43 am

Debbie, something tells me that “Joe” may not be reading. I hope he is – but I suspect if he has been – he may have spoken up by now. Still – this is prompting some good thought. And really? Really? Your dad said that, huh? WOW!!! incredible. God bless you Debbie!

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Sharon @ Hiking Toward Home October 15, 2011 at 8:48 am

Okay. I laughed out loud through this and sadly… I have no clue how to ‘save’ my blog info!!! and I went with that same host company you did…. um… so I guess I better learn how to lead my blog to the Lord- i mean save my blog – i mean, um, learn to download and back it up- yeah THAT. never done it and I guess it is high time I start learning how.

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Craig October 15, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Sharon, I had someone activate my backup option for me with WordPress – I’m really not a techie – but I just googled it. There’s lots of information on it – you really need to do it – that being said, I don’t blame you for laughing – cross outs are funny ツ – and they’re meant to be.((( smiles))) God bless you my friend.

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