Is it luck, or something else?

I feel like Glen Zorger this afternoon.

2014-08-08 14.49.48I bought a new laptop recently. It’s great. But today, I looked across the table from where I was working and saw a screw — a very small screw. It looked just like the ones in the bottom of my brand new laptop. Sure enough, the screw fit in the bottom. How lucky could I get? That screw could have fallen out anywhere: At Spanky’s this morning. At McDonald’s last night while I was at my Men’s Group. At the Chandler Group on Wednesday. On the porch. On the patio. In the car. On the road. In the grass. But it fell out right there. On the table where I work. Luck!

But the screw was a TORX T05. That means REALLY SMALL. Who has one of those in their desk? I do. I had one because my friend, Tom Milford, had to buy one one time and the thing was so cheap that he bought two and gave me one. I hadn’t seen it for years, but when cleaning out my desk just yesterday, I saw it. I thought, “I should toss this. When will I ever need it?” Well, you know the answer. It was today. Luck!

So I put the screw in and tighten it up and then noticed the other ten screws. Should I check them? Would Lenovo ship a laptop with all the case screws loose?

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Yeah — I better check them. Every one of them was loose. Some, ready to fall out, in spite of the fact that they had thread lock on them. So I tightened each one with my TORX T05 before they all had a chance to work loose and fall out. Luck!

Then I thought of Glen Zorger. He once remarked to me, “I don’t know why I worry about things. God takes care of me in every way.”

He does. Maybe it’s not luck. Maybe it’s providence. Maybe it’s divine oversight. Maybe it’s God paying attention to the most clueless of his sheep. Maybe it’s grace.

Glen went to be with the Lord last month. And it’s nice to be reminded that it’s not luck — it’s Jesus.

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How to insert Bible verses into Word with Quickverse 10…

How do you insert Bible verses into Microsoft Word directly from Quickverse 10?

The short answer is…. you can’t. At least you can’t do it as easily as you could with Quickverse 2011. Back in those days, you typed the reference into Word 2010 and then right-clicked the text you’d typed and did this:

In version 10 of Quickverse, they lost this feature. Phone support encourages you to open Quickverse 10 and copy and paste to your word processor. Ugh — while that’s not labor intensive, it does wreak havoc on one’s stream of thought while writing.

The software writers at Quickverse know how to do this. It exists in Wordsearch. But it’s likely that the only way they will reinstitute it would be for people to request it.

So send your requests to support@wordsearchbible.com. Ask them to support “smart-tags or some equivalent of it in Quickverse.”

UPDATE: I just called QuickVerse support  (8.8.2014) and she told me that there is no intention of bringing this feature back, although she’s fielded innumerable calls requesting it. Further, there is no development being done at this time on QuickVerse. Somehow, this feels like it felt when Mattel owned QuickVerse.

~Steve