There’s An App For That

App:  Abbreviation for application, which is defined as “a program that performs one of the major tasks for which a computer is used.”

I try to be fairly self-aware.  It doesn’t mean I know, recognize, or even acknowledge all of my flaws and issues.  It just means I try to be aware of them.  one of the things that I know about myself is I’m a techie geek.  I like gadgets, I want the latest greatest one, and it greatly annoys me that Verizon will only give me discounted pricing on a new phone every 2 years.  I mean, maybe I want a new iPhone (I don’t, my Android phone and I like each other just fine).

With my Droid Incredible, I discovered the world of apps.  I’m always searching the Android marketplace, looking for a new app.  Over Christmas, I took 2 weeks off from work and spent a week straight playing Angry Birds.  Seriously, a whole week.  Nonstop.  Because I was determined to beat the game.  I had to uninstall it from my phone when I won.  Because no person, grown or otherwise, should play a game that much.

In any event, as I sat in church Sunday morning, I thought about my Pastor’s current series, “LIFE – Living Intentionally For Eternity,” I thought of how we apply lessons learned to our lives.  Last week, I wrote about my struggle with weight loss.  Well, that wouldn’t have meant anything if I didn’t do something.  So I downloaded an app to my phone (MyFitnessPal.com), and started logging my calories.  That, combined with making it to boot camp 3 days last week (I know, I was slacking, I usually try to make 4-5 classes, but I was out-of-town), resulted in . . . wait for it. . . . 4 lbs lost!  Woo hoo!!!

I’m excited about the weight loss, but as I reflected on the message and also my success for the week (I weighed myself just before heading out for church), it made me think about how often we apply the tools we have available to us.  I have a number of apps on my phone . . . my favorites show up on my home screens:   YouBible, Gmail, Facebook, Kroger, Out of Milk and the Verizon Fios apps, just to name a few.  I use those all the time (we won’t mention my fascination with my Scrabble apps :-)).  But when I look at all the apps I’ve downloaded over the past year—I think I counted 52—I don’t use them all.  Why not?  Some, like Hoccer, were downloaded in moments of comparing apps with friends, when my techie geek tendencies kicked in and said “oooh, that’s cool, I want it.”  Others were downloaded thinking I’d use it, only to realize that, well, not so much.Out of 52 apps, I regularly use 13.  That’s 25% of the apps.  So are the others wasting space?  Probably.

There’s an app for everything.  But how many times do you use it?  Many people list the Bible as their favorite book.  How often do you read it?   I’ll admit, it’s a challenge for me. That’s actually why I have the app on my phone.  I use the daily Bible reading plan on there, and I can read anywhere.  I can read any version of the Bible, wherever I am.  Because, let’s be real, I’m rarely without my phone.  What about that lesson you learned a few years ago?  The one that said that everything that looks good isn’t good for you?  (That can apply to a lot of things, not just food. Like relationships – romantic or platonic).  Do you apply it when you meet that guy who looks like Patrick Dempsey or Taye Diggs?  Or, fellas, when you meet the woman who looks like Salli Richardson, Halle Berry or Angelina Jolie?  Or do you ignore that small, still voice telling you “everything that looks good isn’t good for you?”

Yes, there’s an app for pretty much everything.  The question is, are you using the app, or is it just taking up space on your memory card?

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