Getting Ahead: ‘High Speed Expansion’


Recently we changed to high speed internet at our house.

When I first turned it on I jumped back startled because it reacted so quickly. I did not expect such a quick response to my command. I sat there amazed as the screens would come up almost immediately with a click of the mouse.

The next day I was back at my desk in the office. I turned on my computer and it seemed to have a hard time coming up to our home page. I did not think much more about it until later when I needed to file a flight plan. I have the site for flight plans on my favorites list and after clicking on it I noticed my computer was having a hard time displaying the log in page. I logged in and waited for what seemed to be a long time for the flight plan page to be displayed.

Then it came to me! My office computer was just doing what it had always done. In one evening I had been re-programmed to expect more. Now, what had always been acceptable was unacceptable. How quickly it had happened. Only one evening of that quick response and my expectations had been changed. I had been expanded to a new level.

Suddenly, I wanted every computer that I was on to operate at high speed.

Do you suppose that our expectations can be raised in other areas of our life? Are there some people that achieve more because they have been expanded to expect more? How do we experience something above and beyond what has become normal to us? Is there something available that would work like a high speed internet for our life, expanding us all for greater things?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington High School Gymnasium at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry on the third floor above Trends at 120 West Court Street.

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Columnist

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