An Olive Tree Technophobe?
I am something of a technophobe.
I know what you’re thinking. Yes, I work at a Bible software company.
In the bubble of college two years ago, I was vaguely aware that technology existed, that some of my classmates were getting smartphones and that people actually used computers for something other than writing papers. But my mind was tied up with others things, i.e. what I was going to do after college with a Theology major and English minor.
A year and a half after graduating and 11 months after starting at Olive Tree, I purchased my first device: a brand-new Kindle Fire HD. The package arrived after work on a Monday afternoon. I saw the package on my dining room table and immediately regarded it with suspicion. What was I actually supposed to do with this thing? I sat on the couch and it sat next to me. I stared at it and it stared back.
I took the Fire to work the next day and called over my developer coworker, Ian. He couldn’t believe I hadn’t opened it yet and helped me set it up with a few quick swipes and taps. On my own, I downloaded Olive Tree’s app, found the icon in my carousel, and confidently tapped on it. I saw the green splash screen, and immediately got this message:
BibleReader has stopped working.
This is one reason why I’m a technophobe and why I would be Olive Tree Customer Support’s biggest fan.
It turns out the issue was that our office Wifi had maxed out with too many devices connected. Go figure. In due time, I had Bible+ up and running and was finally on familiar ground. I downloaded my favorite Bibles and study materials, making sure my favorite version—the NLT—was the first Bible I opened.
But I still didn’t take my Kindle Fire home with me that evening. I left my Kindle on my desk at work because of the other reason I’m a technophobe.
I’m afraid having a device would take over my life.
My life already feels too cluttered, too busy. This is mainly why I’m a technophobe. I’m not sure how to use a device well. But I quickly realized after the stare down with my Kindle Fire that avoiding technology will not solve the problem. It would be like avoiding blisters from a new pair of shoes by not wearing them.
I’m far from a Luddite. I actually think technology is a wonderful tool for God’s Kingdom work when used rightly. In fact, I work at Olive Tree because people reading the Bible, studying it, sharing it, and engaging with it via technology is compelling to me. It’s just that I’m still working out how to help my Kindle Fire be a redemptive tool for God’s Kingdom in my own life.
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