Those of you who were here on Sunday morning know that at the beginning of our worship assembly, we discovered a snafu in our technology...the monitor in the pulpit was not working.
After doing some quick troubleshooting, to no avail, Dink decided to lead songs out of the song book. It was weird to not be able to look down and to make sure the PowerPoint was on the right slide, but we made it through Sunday morning.
Sunday afternoon, Linn and I met here at the building at 4:00 to try to figure out what was wrong. By 4:02 we had solved and fixed the issue!
There is a VERY long VGA cable that runs from the computer in the AV room, up to the attic, then down the south “light trench” and into the ladies changing room. But it has to connect to another fairly long VGA cable in order to go through the wall, under the stage and come up under the pulpit, only to plug into a short cable, then into the monitor.
The issue was that the connection between the VERY long cable and the fairly long cable had been unplugged. All that needed to be done is to plug the two cables together again and the monitor worked!
So how did the cable become unplugged? I don’t know...perhaps it was inadvertently or purposefully (though not with any malicious intent) unplugged by the crew working to repair the ceiling in that room?
The odd thing is that, after 7½ years here, I wasn’t even aware that there was a connection in the women’s changing room! If I’d known, I would have checked it Sunday morning while I checked the other connections.
Sometimes we do or say things that inadvertently hurt others. It could just be something small that we really didn’t even mean to do or say...but we did and it had a negative effect on someone else.
Sometimes we do or say things that are purposeful, though not with malicious intent. But we forget to “put it back together” when we are done...and it has a negative effect on someone else.
Fortunately this was an easy fix. Relationships that become unplugged may not be so easy to repair. So be careful what you do or say, it can have an effect on other people...whether you mean it or not!