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The Only "Like" that Matters

I will be the first one to admit that I am not a person who instantly falls in love (or trips over "like") with most technology. Lets just say, if it all works smoothly I'm more than happy to accept whatever technological program or gadget I must work with. If I have questions, however, be warned that I have more than a small ability to ask stupid ones.

If you don't believe me, check with my husband or the customer service rep who sold me my first cell phone. I suspect that poor girl had never been asked where the instruction book was located. After letting out a laugh, she looked at me like I'd grown a horn but I assure you ... I was serious. And she was equally so when she told me that I should search the internet, on the phone, for any and all answers to the questions I might have. Apparently, if you can't turn on your phone and you've tried all the buttons, you can simply ask google. On your phone. That you can't turn on.

If memory serves, as I exited the cell phone store that day, I turned to my husband and said, "Surely I'm not the only one who has asked for an instruction book. Do they think only men buy phones?" (He did not appreciate my jab about his "kind" and the adage that they ignore instructions, but I thought it was funny.)

Changing gears just a bit ... I've noticed a more recent trend that is meant to warm our hearts and make us feel that the cyber world loves us to bits and pieces. In fact, Pinterest emails me an example of this almost every day.

"Pattie - you have such a good eye!"

Anyone else get these accolades?

I don't know how you feel, but it makes me feel extra special every time a computer program tells me what it thinks is my very own good taste. In fact, in the last two days Pinterest's very personal emails (just to me, I'm sure) read:

"Food and Drinks by Pattie" and "Inspired by Pattie".

So I ask ... if these were "by" me and I've "inspired" them, where's my check?

This ranks right up there with counting "likes" on social media, doesn't it?

Yea ... I'm livin' large on the love from those too. Aren't you?

In truth, it tires me but I'll admit I don't mind seeing a few of those blue thumbs or red hearts when I post something.

Seriously though ... will I change what I believe if no one "likes" it or if they dare to disagree with me and post the dreaded angry-face emoji? If there are two or a hundred and two thumbs facing up, does it change anything or even matter at all?

I wonder what God thinks of this? Maybe ...

Put that phone down and live your life! Invest in people instead of obsessing over how many happy emojis are clicked below your posts! Or maybe .... Don't post that! Is what you have to say pivotal to everyone's existence?

(Hmm ... that's quite weighty and thought-provoking for this girl.)

When we get right down to it, the only "like" we should care about comes from the One who made us -- our very good and patient Father. I don't know about you but I'm guessing we'd all like a "thumbs up" from God someday.

Thankfully ... we already know He loves us!


"But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NIV)


Pattie Janzen (PD Janzen)


Reminder: The draw for a FREE BOOK is happening at the end of this month!



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