The Coolness of Technology

The last couple of days I’ve had the opportunity to really reflect on just how far we’ve come with technology and just how cool it is that we can do what we do. I’ve been able to experience some incredible memories in my lifetime because of technology, with perhaps one of the biggest happening just yesterday, October 14, 2012.


At approximately 1 p.m. Central Standard Time, Felix Baumgartner shocked the world as he made a huge leap from a platform the size of a skateboard 127,000 feet (24 miles) above the earth. His goal was to achieve the highest parachute jump ever and be the first person to break the sound barrier, all without the aid of an aircraft. What could have turned into a tragic event ended up as an amazing triumph!

As Felix Baumgartner stood straight up on that platform and saluted into space, my family and I watched the stomach turning space jump live from Youtube, directly from my iPhone 4s, while standing in Sunday worship at And while I know that church really shouldn’t be the time or place for such an activity, I just knew that I couldn’t miss this opportunity of a lifetime. It was an experience I will never forget … especially because as Felix finally touched down on Earth, the worship song crescendoed with his fist pumped landing. It was perfectly timed and deeply spiritual.

All Because of Technology

I was able to witness this extraordinary event because humans had the desire to create technology that could connect us across the globe, right here, right now. It’s the same technology that allows me to work from a small town McDonalds in Weatherford, Oklahoma this evening. I’ve been able to connect with a great friend, write this blog post, watch a YouTube video, and respond to emails all from my laptop and phone without restriction.

Never would I have dreamed the opportunities that we have because of technological advances. There are still so many cool ideas yet undiscovered and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us.

Photo Credit: I have yet to identify the proper credentials for the photo, but hope to do that soon.