Don't Limit the Future

By: Leonard C. Albert

When it comes to change, skeptics and naysayers have always been with us. I am sure you’ve read some of these:

  • "With over fifty foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big slice of the U.S. market for itself." Business Week, 2 August 1968

  • "Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." Lord Kelvin, British mathematician, physicist, and president of the British Royal, Society, c.1895

  • "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home." Ken Olson, President, Digital Equipment, 1977

In our history there have been those who said television would never be anything but a mildly interesting scientific invention because people just wouldn’t be interested in sitting in front of a box to watch flickering images for any length of time. What about those who doubted that the railroad, and later the automobile, and then the airplane would ever be practical means of transportation? And don’t forget the experts who predicted that the computer would never amount to anything.

Now that we have instant access to data via social media we are told that the internet will replace the newspaper and magazine. When radio first got big they [who are “they?”] said that it would replace the newspaper. Then they told us that TV would replace the radio. Now they are telling us that because we can get instant news via the internet that it will replace all of the above. This is not entirely true. Personally, I believe that social media will eventually eclipse traditional media but not in the immediate future. Radio and newspapers are hard to be replaced immediately since most people are used to it and the generations of old are still into them rather than using the internet. Traditional media sources (printed newspapers, radio and television) will find creative ways to survive in the marketplace.

The point of all of this is that we have to be careful about predicting and thus in some way limiting the future. One of the big industrial companies in this nation used to say, “The future isn’t what it used to be.” We must not limit what God wants to do in these last days. The future is brighter than ever. We live in earth-shattering and fast-changing times and [Ibelieve] we are in the momentous and great last days just before the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let’s be open to His leading at this time.

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