Brett and I divvied up the suitcases, handed Aspen her backpack and prepared to leave the hotel room.  I quickly glanced around the room and despite the little voice that suggested I do my usual check under everything before I leave the hotel room, I ignored it.  I felt confident this time that I had put everything in the proper bag and we were ready to go.  About two hours later I wanted to send a text and to my dismay discovered that I should have indeed double checked the hotel room.  I looked through my backpack and purse, had Brett call my phone and resigned myself to accepting the fact that I’m not perfect and had indeed left my phone in the hotel room.

My husband spent several days playing phone tag with the hotel desk clerks.  It seemed like every time he called he talked to someone new who had no knowledge that he had previously called about the very same thing.  He would have to once again explain everything from the beginning.   Finally we gave up on ever getting my phone back and stopped by a phone store to take a look at a possible new phone.  I just wanted a basic phone with a physical qwerty keyboard.  I had one option.  But then the sales man pulled out his phone and showed all the advantages of owning a 4G phone.  Wow!  I had no idea a phone could do so many things!  I talked it over with my husband and we agreed that rather than a basic phone we should buy the 4G.  It has been a whole day already and I am figuring out that it may take me a life time to figure out how to make all the bells and whistles work.

Would I rather have a basic run of the mill spiritual life or would I rather have a spiritual life that runs at the speed of a 4G?  Just like I need to take the time to learn about the ins and outs of my new phone, in order to have a spiritual life that runs at the speed of a 4G I need to spend time searching out all the deeper meanings and nuances of the teachings of Jesus and apply them to my life.

…..I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.  John 10:10