Technology is a great thing.  In order to appreciate it, do without it.

I’m not necessarily talking high tech.  Consider the gear, which makes a bicycle such an improvement over walking.  And then the car, which makes even further distances possible.  Each takes the power of one human doing something and multiplies it many times over – the bicycle in a linear fashion (you’re providing the go-juice, even if somebody else did make the pedals and frame and tires) and the automobile in a decidedly non-linear fashion.

I discovered this non-earth-shaking thought while walking from the bus to our old house multiple times over the past few months.  Walking is great, and has multiple benefits.  When your task is to get there, though, and not care about each step of the journey, walking comes fairly far down on the list.  Having a force multiplier is a great thing.

Then I thought about it at a higher realm.  Prayer is a great force multiplier.  From James 5:16:

The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

And physical strength?  From Isaiah 40:31:

Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.

But why?  Luke 10:27 says:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind.

Really? From Psalms 28:7:

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;

Yes, really.