I was having a conversation-by-text with my friend Elisabeth recently. With all our free texts, it is a good way to communicate. Except I use ‘predictive text’ and I’d been typing so fast-and-furious that I hadn’t proofread properly. We’d been talking about the success of summer plans, including Holiday Bible Club. “Glad the Ink Club went well!” she’d replied. I realised that when you type H O L, the phone gives you I N K.
I have been caught out like this before. Years ago I sent Bob a text saying “Going to be late home. No time to cook before ch mtg. When you are in town, please pick up ready neck for tea” He spent a while staring at his phone and concluded N E C K should have been M E A L.
My phone gives me LIPS when I type KISS, and JAZZ if I’m feeling LAZY. FIG becomes EGG – and ABLE is displayed as CAKE. And I don’t have a PET – I have a REV [which is true in my case!]
But there are two which frequently make me smile. “I will soon be HOME” becomes “I will soon be GOOD” – I always feel good when I get home. The other one is a challenge to me when I am feeling discouraged about my life and witness, and it doesn’t seem worth the effort.
“I should be RESTING” comes out as “I should be SERVING”
On the subject of serving, here’s our friend Paul being interviewed in church by Bob. Not only does he serve as a brilliant Church Secretary, he has also recently been part of the great team of Olympic Volunteers.
Thank you Paul – for all you do in our fellowship – and for what you did down in London too.
But now you are HOME again, and that is GOOD!!