Here’s to the Programmer!

When you do your “Person-of-the-Week”, the idea is not to just try and think of someone–anyone at all–at the last minute. It should be someone you came across over the past week, or who crossed your mind for some reason. Otherwise you might just keep coming up with the same favourites all the time!

One of the free plug-ins I have here, the one that does the cross-posting to facebook, involves a hard-working programmer who does have a “real” job besides the unpaid work he does for this plug-in. He’s been doing a lot of extra work lately, because of all the changes to facebook. In fact, facebook was doing things on him that meant the deadline was a little short, and he had to release the new version before all the bugs had been worked out… which resulted in a lot of complaints! I reminded him (on the facebook page), that for every complainer there are at least two people who are appreciative but just don’t say so.

So here’s to the grueling work of a programmer! (What’s the term these days, Software Specialist?) I try to get my two to work away from me (downstairs), because the number of times that something goes wrong and you have to start all over, can really get you down. They seem to deal with the frustrations much better than I could, but better that not all three of us get pulled down. Also, though it’s hard to do, it would be much better for them to have their meals in a totally separate place from their work, so that they can have a true break, so that they can tackle the problem refreshed. How many programmers I wonder, sit at their desk with their lunch, nibbling over the keyboard? It’s hard to remember that God is looking after your career, you don’t have to kill yourself to do it!

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Now, to switch subjects a little. Before too many posts go by… a few ago I suggested a little discussion, and I’m not letting you get away without it! The quote was “If the only prayer you ever say is ‘Thanks’, it is enough.” That bothered me a little. Yes, we do so often come to God asking, asking, asking, and forgetting to say thanks. And perhaps if you really were going to refuse to say any other prayer, I might be glad that you at least said “Thanks”. (But I would hope that was only the beginning.) However, humankind is also known for being too proud to ask for help, from the time that they’re old enough to tie their own shoelaces, and protest “I can do it all by myself!”

On the other hand, if saying “thanks” is acknowledging that God was helping you all along, with all the great things you do, before you even asked…


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