Posts Tagged ‘responsibility’

Link Magnets?

Friday, August 14th, 2009

google_hanschristianorstedHundreds of millions of people now know that today (August 14) is Hans Christian Ørsted’s birthday. Today many of them even know, that without his 1820 discovery that electric currents induce magnetism, long-distance communication in 2009 might be conducted via megaphone and carrier pigeon.

Yesterday, most of those hundreds of millions had never heard of Hans Christian Ørsted. So what happened? Google Doodle.

Google Doodle is a date-, season-, or event-specific variation of the logo on the Google home page. Doodles are original, interesting, attractive, irresistible link-magnets. No Flash, no blinking animations, no scrolling banner ads, no annoying sound effects, but compelling. You gotta click, or at least mouseover, the Doodle to see what it’s all about.

OK. Crazy statement alert. If we believe in and follow Jesus, we are called to be living Google Doodles:  irresistible magnets that by nature and demeanor (not annoying sound effects) attract and connect people to Him.

Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you. Christ himself wrote it—not with ink, but with God’s living Spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives—and we publish it. (I Cor 3:3, The Message)

Google Doodles for Jesus? OMG. Still…think about it.

Like a Child

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

My husband and I just spent the day baby-sitting three of our grandchildren: one-year-old twin boys and their two-year-old sister. They’re great kids–adorable, funny, energetic, mischievous, and blessed with the ultimate in good fortune; having been born into a large family that surrounds them with unconditional love from the most Significant Persons in their lives. Just like Christians.

Two-year-old Audra has loving parents who give her everything she needs and a lot of what she wants. Audra enjoys a sweet life. Just like a lot of Christians.

When Audra encounters a sharp sliver of reality–say she’s having a great time throwing her toys around, she knocks one of her unsteadily-balanced baby brothers to the floor, and her father says sternly, “Audra, come here!”–she refuses to be cut. Instead of obeying her father, leaving her toys, and helping her brother, she changes the subject. With tears: “Daddy, I..I…I hurt my finger.” Or with anxious fidgeting: “Daddy, I have to potty.” Or with accusations: “Daddy, Brother said ‘Shut up.'” Just like Christians.

We often follow the Lord’s instruction to “become like little children,” by emulating childish ways–manipulation, deception, or finger-pointing. Why not “grow up into Him Who is the head, that is Christ” by adopting a childlike attitude of humility and subordination to the will of God? Just like Christ.

Read about it: Matthew 18:3-4, Ephesians 4:14-15, I Corinthians 13:11