I like technology. I read the “technology and science” section of the daily news as it perks me up with all the “cool discoveries and ideas” that are being looked at with new insights and perspectives. Second, technology is always been a paradox of sorts to me in the way it can change our perspective of what is real and possible. For example, seeing a recent photo of Earth as a “twinkle of light” from Saturn.
Russ Gerber, recently wrote a very nice article called, “Healthier Living: Will Innovative Technology Lead the Way?” In this article Russ discusses how technology has made enormous impacts in our everyday behaviours and quality of life, but he wonders if it has really improved health.
Mary Baker Eddy, the discover and founder of Christian Science, looked at and wrote about health in a similar fashion. She challenged people to see life and health from a spiritual perspective – as Jesus did.
When I use the word technology – I am thinking of it in the manner of having a better tool that has more utility. An evolution in thought – leading to “a better can opener” basically. One of the great things I’ve found is that prayer is the perfect tool to bring about healing. It is portable, is never outdated, never needs batteries or breaks down – in fact it improves with use. In short – prayer has proven to have a high utility to many, including me.
One example was when I started my first full time job, and had some challenges adjusting to the experience. Up until then I had largely relied on my mother to pray for me, but in this situation I was struggling with feelings of being on my own. It occurred to me that I was not working with prayer enough to prove its utility in my everyday life. My concern was great enough, that I took immediate steps to make sure I was not being “prayer lazy” and was actively learning to pray effectively, as Jesus demonstrated. Over time I no longer felt as if I lived on an island, but was always protected and safe because I understood my relationship with God.
Jesus did not need technology in the physical sense, but used the utility of prayer to bring healing to many.
I am so grateful to have known, as Russ states, “For those striving to have healthier outcomes and live healthier lives, there’s a need for better thinking. It’s worth cultivating a healthy mentality—whether through regular time for prayer, contemplation, spiritual study, or all of the above—in order to experience the health-promoting effect of spiritual ideas.”
Glenn Laycock is the Committee on Publication for Manitoba