I recently read THIS POST about technology and our relationship with God by my friend Naty over at The Rising Muse. I’ll admit, I’m one of those people that gets strange looks in church services because I’m using my phone. No, I’m not playing on Facebook or Words with Friends. I often use a bible app from YouVersion.com to look up the readings during services. Attending church with two little ones requires two diaper bags and my purse. My husband brings his bible, so I prefer to leave mine at home and have one less thing to carry. Now when it comes to sitting down for some quiet time and studying on my own, I prefer my big ol’ pink bible. I’m a book lover, and I love the feel of the pages between my fingers, highlighting, making notes, and all the little devotionals it contains.
This isn’t really about traditional books or iPhone apps though. Today I did something I never thought I would do. Friday afternoon I sat down to pay the bills and realized I had run out of checks. Normally this would mean trying to remember to go to the bank, to get some cash to drop in the offering plate on Sunday morning, but that wasn’t the case this time. This afternoon I logged on to our church web site, created an account, and processed our weekly giving online. When I first found out this was being offered, I admit, I was a bit weirded (WordPress says that’s not a word. Ha! I beg to differ. 🙂 ) out by it. I wondered just how often that option would be used by anyone, or why would anyone need to? Even for weeks that we have missed services because of sick kids or been out of town, I’ve always just written out the check and tucked it away until the next week, or I’ve subtracted it from our account and added it into the following week’s check. Well, I shall confuse myself no more. It was really easy, and I guess it is no different than paying our bills online or making online purchases. I might just be using even fewer checks from now on. 🙂
If your church offered this, would you use it?