Don't Be A Late Adopter

Friday, October 14, 2011
My wife says I act like an old man. I deny this, emphatically.

I mean, sure, I am a jerky driver, get lost on the way to work, and actually said once "Those kids need to pipe down outside". But, old man?

Anyway, one of the pieces of evidence she cites is that I am a late adopter when it comes to technology. I cannot deny this.

I like tech, I really do. I just never feel the need to be one of the first to get the new thing. There is no virtue involved in this, particularly. It's just how I am wired. Like last year, I said "Why would I want to give up my eight track tape collection for these new-fangled cassette tapes?".

But I digress.

In May of this year, I published on this blog that I would be one of the last people to get a Kindle or a Nook, because I love actual paper and cloth books so much. But then my wife Miranda went and got me one for my birthday - a Kindle.

I love it. Couldn't be without it.

I love its ease of use, how it allows me to travel light and, most of all, how the books, magazines, and newspapers are just THERE when I want them. It's crazy to imagine, but ereaders make old school Amazon one click ordering as slow as the Pony Express.

I wish I had gotten a Kindle sooner. This was one case where being a late adopter was not the best thing.

But it's not the only case...

-When you know you need to get in better physical shape so you will be in better spiritual and emotional shape.
-When you know you need to forgive a slight or let go of a grudge.
-When you know you need to say "I'm sorry".
-When you know you need to tackle a nasty habit or start a beneficial spiritual practice like intensifying your prayer life or committing to regular Bible reading.
-When you know you need to share your faith with that friend or coworker.

Any time you KNOW you need to do something that may feel scary or risky or time-consuming or may involve sacrifice and the potential of loss.

But that KNOWING is not going to go away. And the benefit of doing what you need to do isn't going to come until you ACT on your knowing.

So, don't be a late adopter.

Adopt, and act, early and often.

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