I’m Not Ok. You’re Not Ok. And That’s Ok!

A few months ago I received a LiveScribe Pulse pen in the mail. It was a gift from my manager for hitting my sales number for the second quarter of this year. I’m not a big fan of technology for the sake of technology, but I was intrigued by the idea of a “pencast” and […]

A few months ago I received a LiveScribe Pulse pen in the mail. It was a gift from my manager for hitting my sales number for the second quarter of this year. I’m not a big fan of technology for the sake of technology, but I was intrigued by the idea of a “pencast” and what could be communicated in that medium.

I tried a number of years ago to start keeping my journal digitally and it just didn’t work for me. I’m much more tactile and enjoy my worn, leather-bound journal in my hand as I scribble thoughts and ideas on its unlined pages. These pencasts give me the opportunity to do what is more natural to me and still share my ideas with a broader audience. No doubt these pencasts will get better over time, but for now, here is my first attempt at using this new technology.

About a month ago I heard someone do the “I’m Ok. You’re Ok.” grid and I immediately saw it as a great tool to explain why the behavior-modification paradigm simply doesn’t work. The notion that we are supposed to be ok is the source of so much of the shame that fuels addiction. Let’s be clear…we are supposed to be ok, but there is absolutely nothing that we can do to be ok. We must desperately cling to Christ as our only hope and not turn to focus solely on our moral behavior. According to Titus 2:12, it is God’s grace that trains us to live godly lives, not our discipline or ability to make good choices.

So here is my first attempt at a pencast. There is an arrow in the top right corner that allows you to view it full screen.

So have you settled into quadrant 4 living or are you still vacillating between quadrants 2 and 3? Why is it hard to admit that we are not ok?