I need help.
When I’m working on my laptop, I prefer to use the keyboard instead of my mouse when possible.
And there’s a way to do that.
Use keyboard shortcuts. Shortcuts are great for minimizing motion and for speeding up a process.
Shortcuts Steal Time
But shortcuts in real life aren’t always helpful. Sometimes shortcuts get us in trouble instead. They can bypass a legitimate process we need to work through.
Such as spiritual growth.
Genuine evolvement rarely happens through a shortcut.
Granted, we can have flash-like moments of transformation. God is capable of anything.
But more often than not, strengthening a relationship, whether human or divine, takes time.
- It takes time to have long conversations with God.
- It takes time for God’s words to sink in deeply.
- It takes time to build relationships with God’s other children.
I don’t want to be short-changed on time with God and the things from God.
So I save my shortcuts for things like typing. I try to learn a new keyboard shortcut every few weeks.
My favorite keyboard shortcut this year has been this one:
Command + Shift + T – Opens up the most recently closed tab in your browser.
It has saved me many, many times when I want to reopen a browser window that I accidentally closed and want to reopen.
With the quick keyboard shortcut, I can return to where I was.
But with God, I don’t want to just return to where I was.
I want to keep moving forward.
And if it takes time to do that, I want to invest in that.
I need his help to do it.
And with his help, I can.
Here are our three questions of the day:
(1) When online, do you keep a lot of tabs open at once? Or do you X out of a window after each use?
(2) Do you have a favorite shortcut, whether digital or in everyday life?
(3) Has God provided shortcuts in your spiritual growth or do you usually take the long road together?
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What are your answers? Please share in the comments.
(1) I’m a chronic closer of tabs. Sometimes too quickly.
(2) Another online shortcut with a Mac: To go back and forth between open applications (like from email to Word then back), click Command + Tab. I use this ALL the time.
(3) Spiritual growth typically happens slower for me than I’d like. But occasionally God will give me a quick burst of insight or change to keep me filled with awe at his power.
Here’s a list of 20 top keyboard shortcuts. You’ll know several already, but you might discover some new ones.
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