Last week, I attended a meeting for work where we discussed dashboards. According to Wikipedia, “dashboard is a term now being used generally to refer to a web-based technology page on which real time information is collated from various sources in the business.” Executives and sales-types like to use them to monitor up-to-the-minute performance. I like the cool graphics.
We’ve been talking about dashboards at my company for a while now, though we still don’t offer one to our clients. One reason is the cost; another reason is that some data just doesn’t lend itself to a 3-D speedometer clip-art.
According the presenter at the meeting I attended, a successful dashboard identifies key performance metrics, tracks them in comparison to peers and competitors, and apportions them according to scope and sequence. And did I mention the pretty colors?
The application of the material to my job was unmistakable. But for a few minutes, I dreamed about what it would be like if God provided each of us with a spiritual dashboard, a web-based technology with real-time information about the condition of our souls.
A spiritual dashboard might have a pie chart reflecting how I spend my time. Maybe it would blink or spin if I dipped below 10 percent on Bible study and prayer. Holiness would be measured with a line graph, the origin would be our point of conversion and the line would show growth or regression over time. And one of the those fancy speedometer charts would measure walking by the spirit versus walking in the flesh, the needle hovering somewhere between red and green.
Then, of course, there would be the comparison charts on the bottom half of the dashboard. There would be bar graphs for spiritual disciplines, comparing my giving, service and prayer with other people in my church. For instance, I might be the in lower third on giving but just above half on overall service. Or key areas of obedience might be tracked in comparison to national averages: I lie 46% less than Christians in Cambodia.
Pastors would have access to peer into the lives of parishioners; parents would check in on their children. And of course, God himself would have a master dashboard, drilling down into each of our lives, setting new goals when we dipped below our targets.
Of course, there would be little need for self-examination or discernment. The dashboard would do it all.
Oops, gotta run. My time-spent meter just dipped into the red for “too much time on the computer.”
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? – 2 Corinthians 13:5