Many of us don’t want to admit it but the VCR is terminally ill and only has a very short time to live. From 1976 the VCR revolutionised the way people watched television. It gave them an opportunity to record one program whilst watching another or to go out to dinner with friends and still manage to keep up with what was happening on your favourite show.(It also caused a lot of arguments over who would have the control of the remote!)
The problem with the VCR was that the copy you made was never as good as the original, and if you made a copy off of a copy then things went from bad to worse. Another problem was that the tape that you used tended to deteriorate over time. I know that I looked at our wedding video recently and it had really begun to suffer…white spots and lines that I don’t remember being there on the day (granted it was 20 years ago!).
Thankfully we have moved into the ‘digital age’ where you can record on a disk or tape and copy it as many times as you like and it will be exactly the same as the original.
We need to be careful that we don’t settle for a spiritual experience which has just been handed down to us from someone else. This is a bit like the old VCR. What is available is a direct link to the original; unchanged and powerful. Don’t hang onto the old…“…behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17