This video is from one of the hospitals where Samaritan's Purse sends post-residency candidates. And as I watch the heart-wrenching scenes, I can't help but think about the ridiculous ways we spend our time, money and affections in America. $100 on a pair of pants. Dessert every day. Hours on our appearance, on our entertainment, on our self gratification. No matter how we slice it, these do not seem to be the life choices that honor the God who gave Himself for us. But this guy... this thoracic surgeon who chose to live in poverty... he gets it. And I hope someday I do too.
Thirty years ago, the technology that just turned my digital world upside down was unimaginable. I was locked out of my Google account because I foolishly left a Google voice number as a two-factor authentication. So when I was logged out of all devices unexpectedly, I couldn’t receive text messages to prove my identity. The thought of trying to describe this situation to someone in the 90’s is comical. What is Google? Two-factor authentication? A digital world? Similarly, I can’t imagine explaining that despite having a ticket, I couldn’t board a plane that had a seat for me because a computer wouldn’t print my youngest child's boarding pass. In pursuing security and efficiency, have we lost common sense? Technology has changed the world so quickly that I am old enough to remember a time when manual workarounds were commonplace and young enough to expect a lot more change will come in my lifetime. I spent much of yesterday trying every possible means of recovering ten years of e