By Tommy Rush

It’s easy to feel dumb these days. Recently, our “Smart TV” came on by itself and after a few minutes went off. I’m sure it had something to do with one of the two remotes that we must use to turn it on and off. On the hand, it may have been the cloudy weather interrupting the satellite waves from the dish on our roof and the satellite sending signals somewhere a million miles away in space. Whatever the problem, our “Smart TV” has been doing some really dumb things lately.

I find it interesting today that we have access to over 300 television channels, but there never seems to be anything worth watching. It seems like the “smarter” the TV’s become, the worse the programs are getting and the dumber we get by watching them. My eight year-old granddaughter helped me with TV issue. When she disconnected her brother’s game box and reconnected the satellite box and reset the WIFI the problem was solved. Like I said, it’s easy to feel dumb when 60 year olds are asking 8 year olds for help.

It’s amazing how many personal gadgets and devices we have today. Recently I noticed my daughter holding her watch up to her computer. When I asked her what she was doing, she told me that it automatically transferred her daily schedule into her watch. I’m so confused I don’t know if I should look her in the eyes when I’m talking to her or just talk to her watch.

Personally, I still prefer the simple things in life. I enjoy sitting on the back porch with a cup of coffee and watching the sun go down more than seeing a picture of a sunset on a Facebook post. I still prefer to send a letter by mail than sending an email. Don’t hear me wrong, I’m not against technology or all the many ways devices have made life easier over the years. I love the ability to FaceTime family members who live far away and see their face. I’ve even been known to order a thing or two on Amazon, when someone is around to assist me.

There’s definitely a lot of positives, but that’s not the point. The point is that I just prefer things simple! I guess that’s why I like the gospel – it’s simple, but it’s powerful. The Bible tells us in Romans 10:9-10, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes resulting in righteousness and with the mouth he confesses resulting in salvation.” Whether you are a 60 year old or 8 year old, it good to know that God made it simple for all who are willing to believe.


  1. Thank you. I can certainly identify with the young people managing new technology better than I can.

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