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People connecting with people drive the web.

Recently I sat in a college lecture hall with a collection of devices that were as diverse as their owners. There were iPods, iPads, netbooks, notebooks, smart phones. You name the device that could connect its owner up, and it was there.

The catch phrases seemed to be, “Can you connect?” or “Are you connected?” as other attendees of the Motherlode Innovation Summit on Technology, otherwise known as the MIST Conference Social Edition, were in various stages of linking themselves to the wi-fi at the local junior college, Columbia College, in the Motherlode.

I didn’t bother even trying to connect. Why? Because although I worked in high-tech. when the World Wide Web was still called that, and was one of the first people I knew to daisy chain my way to what would become an everyday reality, I didn’t have one wi-fi device with me.

No smart phone.

No netbook.

No iPad.

There I sat with my notebook, – yes an old-fashioned paper notebook – and pen waiting for the conference to begin so I could take notes the old-fashioned way, by actually writing them down.

It was one of those strange moments when you realize that most of the people in the room are so much younger than you, that they didn’t quite remember a time without the ability to link in.

The conference was amazing,  giving tips about how to start, and stay, connected. The speakers were informative and by and large accessible, sharing helpful tips for blogging, for SEO, for ways to make yourself known on the web through Social Media. The sheer amount of information was enough to make sparks fly off of people’s fingertips as they typed trying to keep up with it all.

The funny thing was that although it was about using technology to connect to as many people as possible, it was also about connecting with the individual person too. It was about connecting with the mind of the multitude, and the mind of the individual at the same time.

No easy feat, unless you know who you’re talking to and why you’re talking to them, because at it’s very base level that’s what Social Media is all about, connecting with other people. And, that’s what the conference was designed to do, connect those who attended with their own audiences, through using the amazing things they learned there.

When you connect to another person, it doesn’t matter if you use a notebook made of paper or a computer notebook, because it’s not about the vehicle, it’s about the connection.

And, when you think about it that’s what God is interested in too. The connection we each have with Him. He came and paid the pride price for us, so we could have the opportunity to connect with him no matter what our own individual selves, or our individual devices,  look like.

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

2 Corinthians 5:21

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The other day my son hopped into the Blue Beast after his junior high youth group, pulled the door shut and before I could put the truck into gear handed me a white paper.

“You need to sign this,” he said, adding “please” before I had a chance to comment on the reality that just because you’re now officially a teenager that doesn’t mean you give up being polite.

When we got home, I looked closely at the paper and immediately I smiled as I read what it said.

“It’s a permission slip,” my son informed me in a tone that only a teenager can.

I looked at him and resisted the urge to roll my eyes, like only a parent can.

“I know that,” I said, but my mind was off and running elsewhere along paths into the past.

Nowadays with budget cuts, education requirements and all around liability issues, children just don’t go on very many field trips, either with school or anywhere else. So, the sight of permission slip is a rather rare and unique experience.

But, I remember back when I was in school, that wasn’t the case. As I looked at the piece of paper in my hands, I was taken back to that time when I would bring home different colored permission slips for different field trips, yellow, pink, blue, and, yes, white. I knew every time I brought one home that we would be going to a fun and exciting place.

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and, every year my school would go on a field trip to Marine World ( this was before it moved), to Angels Island, to the theatre, to the symphony, to any number of wonderful places. Just the thought of them still gives me a warm feeling as I remember getting on the yellow school bus with my friends and classmates, and chugging off to a wonderful destination.

All of those trips and the things we learned on them, along with the feelings of excitement, anticipation and feel goodness all began when I brought that permission slip home for my mom to sign.

It made me realize that many times, we consider a life with the LORD as the end of permission slips and all the wonderful things that go along with them. The excitement. The anticipation. The journey. The adventure.

On some level we think that He’s not going to give us permission to do anything we want, anything we desire, that He’s all about taking things away and not giving anything back. Yet, there is nothing further from the truth. The longer we walk with Him, the more we realize that He’s all about giving us the permission to be who He created us to be, and there is nothing more exciting that.

“Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!””

2 Kings 5:13

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