If you are anything like me, you get giddy with every announcement from Apple, the makers of the iPhone, the iPad, and everything Mac. Needless to say, all the new announcements last week had me fighting off my struggles with bright, shiny, new things. However, I can't shake off the fact that I've constantly been seeing the word "sync". Whenever something consistently continues to make itself known to me by reappearing, I take notice.

     "Sync" is a word that's been around for quite some time that many of us have become used to and perhaps don't give it a second thought. "Sync", a verb, is a shortened form of "synchronize". While "synchronize" is of Greek origin, meaning, "be of the same time". Before I lose everyone due to a lousy lesson on words... "sync" is undoubtedly a common word in culture today.

     An iPhone out of sync with the iCloud in today's fast paced world, has been known to leave "little Ben" waiting alone at school because the computer that a parent made the reminder on to pick them up is not sync'd with his or her phone. Just picture cute "little Ben" standing all alone, waiting on his un-sync'd parent. Poor "little Ben"!

     An un-sync'd iPhone, in today's world, seems to be a life almost begging to crash and burn. Why do we treat our relationship with God differently? I do not ask this question to bring condemnation, but I ask because of first hand experience. There are so many times we seem to make it such a priority to sync our phones and make sure they are charged for daily use, but yet we struggle to charge and sync our lives daily upon the Word of God. I don't know about you, but sometimes I am out of sync and my battery is drained before I can even make it out of bed in the morning. And that is after charging and syncing upon the Word the night before.

     We were made to sync. It's as if creation declares, "Please synchronize!" Imagine gong to a music event where the musicians and harmonies are not "NSYNC" (forgive the boy band pun, it was too easy to miss). Imagine watching a movie where the audio is not sync'd with the picture. For the obsessive compulsives among us, it's like nails on a chalk board. The point is we are always being charged and sync'd to something. We are, after all, human be-ings not human do-ings. We are either be-ing charged and sync'd to the world, which is passing away, or we are be-ing charged and sync'd to the Creator, Keeper, and Finisher of all things. He gave us a charging and syncing station in the Word of God, and on this charging and syncing station we must meditate day and night (Joshua 1:8).


Stephen Ibach

J12 | Creative Director