With so many new devices, gadgets and toys coming out all the time around I often find myself looking at things and thinking, that would be cool, that make my life so much easier, that would sound so much better. As great as new technology is, keeping up with the Jones can become very expensive.
Apple, as much as I love them are great at bringing out new and upgraded technology. The excitement and anticipation that surrounds the release of these new gadgets is huge with people and firms speculating at what improvements or new items will be unveiled. My mobile phone provider on my last upgrade offered me a way of making sure I had the latest iPhone by offering me an ‘early’ upgrade option. not only would it cost me more I declined opting to make my phone last 24 months.
I see quite a few posts on facebook where people are always looking to upgrade their tools, their tech, their toys, their gadgets. What once was the in gadget a year ago is now is no longer wanted. One of the major things I see this with is digital sound desks. Love them or hate them they are here to stay. Like everything the functionality has gotten better and better and so has the ease of use. There are few sound desks that I can generally not operate or work my way around these days. Like many people I have a preference of sound desks I like using. The current church I attend and am involved in unfortunately does not have one of these that I prefer. Does this stop me from serving no, do I want to replace the thing, yes, can I, no, do I need to, no.
It can be all to easy to replace equipment rather than learn to use what you’ve got.
One Facebook post on a group says about how someone had to do sound for a 60,000 seater outdoor event. The person had 18 top speakers and 8 subs. The person knew this was not big enough but at the same time that was all he had available.
In John 6:1-14 we read the story of the feeding of the five thousand. In verse 8 and 9 we read
8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up,
9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
Jesus must have thought, how little faith you have, watch this. See Jesus took what he had, and all he had was 5 small loaves of bread and 2 small fish. The challenge Jesus sets with this miracle is to use what you’ve got. For me this is to learn to use and love the desk I personally don’t like for others it maybe adapting what you already to have to work for a current situation such as providing audio for 60,000 people with too small a system. What ever it is lets learn to use what we’ve got.