I love to give out advice to people and in my own eyes, I see that as a problem. Take what just recently happened to me.
But I didn’t.
I had just bought a Solid State Hard Drive from Seagate 10 months back and misbelieved that I would be okay for the foreseeable future. I do backup once a month, but it is just so hard to plug the USB cable into the laptop every night. Ugh, I have to reach down to the floor from by bed… it’s just too hard.
Thankfully I did backup my hard drive just a week or two before it failed and even then, I was able to get the content off of the drive before it completely failed. But that is not the lesson to be learned here. Church techies love to give their opinion all the time, but do we take it ourselves? We all believe in security, but are your passwords at their best? We should be pushing best practices for website design, but do we do that ourselves. I even know about people that state that they pirate music, movies, and software just to save a few bucks but have the joy of owning the digital goods.
Do As You Teach
If you are going to tell your leadership to do this or that, you need to do the same. Just because you can hide your tracks, you are “only going to do it once,” or this is for Jesus so it’s okay, does not justify why you are doing something stupid or wrong. At the same time, you are becoming a tech hypocrite and probably shouldn’t even have the platform you are preaching from.
You have two options: stop giving advice because you won’t even listen to yourself or change your actions. Either way, the outcome should be that you do as you preach.
I’m Taking My Own Advice
I am now saving up for an annual subscription for two years for Carbonite. My punishment until then? I have to push that USB stick in or else. (Trust me, the or else is worth the effort to not forget)