Melvyn Tan
November 22, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

It’s All About Me

[blockquote source=”1 Peter 1:12 (NLT)“]They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things […]

[blockquote source=”1 Peter 1:12 (NLT)“]They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen.[/blockquote]

Design
I have always been fascinated with design. And over the years, I have gained a heightened level of acuity where I’d examine closely whether the product is designed with the me, the user, in mind.

From Function-centric…
An example of that would be the Palm Pilot character entry system. You’d need to learn the strokes in order to get the PDA to recognize the characters. There was quite a bit of a learning curve at the initial stage, but after a while you get the hang of it and you gain the memory muscles. Problem is, these strokes are only recognizable on the Palm Pilot interface. You cannot use the same strokes on other interfaces as it would not be recognized.

To User-centric…
Fast forward two decades later, Palm Pilot is no longer in existence and all those strokes we’ve learned no longer serve any purposes. Now, with smartphones, there’s another category of character input system – virtual keyboards. I’ve tried a couple of 3rd-party keyboards on the Android ecosystem and must say that Swiftkey takes the top-spot. Apart from its technology that allows you to swipe rather than type, the coolest feature is its ability to learn from your key strokes over time to be able to provide more accurate suggestions. In other words, the longer you use, the better it gets!

That’s what design should be. In fact, design should enhance the experience for the user instead of requiring the user to conform to its functions. That, I am certain, is what everyone appreciates, and some have even come to expect of it. That said, while we can expect this to be the case, when we switch sides it becomes a little not so apparent.

Me-centric
Some of us are better co-workers than we are as supervisors. Some of us are better as parents but the reverse is true when interacting with our parents. Some of us are better friends but with our spouses, we can be too demanding. Some of us are great at explaining our product features than we are at addressing our customers needs.

Many of us are focused on ourselves. We get so wrapped up with our own needs and concerns that we sometimes think, see, and do everything from only our perspective.

Others-centric
In today’s verse, it is a reminder that the visions experienced by the prophets were not for their own benefits. In fact, what they were prophesying will not happen in their lifetime. And many of them didn’t even understand what was being revealed to them. But all they did was to keep the faith and spread the message, despite being ridicule or even executed. They did all that because they believed in God and obeyed God. And we stand to gain from their messages because of their faith and obedience.

Your Message
So friends, do you have a message that needs to be communicated but you’ve been holding back because you were:

  • Afraid
  • Waiting for the right moment
  • Thinking it’s not time yet
  • Considering doing it tomorrow

Please get your message out now.

Prayer
Father, we pray that You will guide us and give us wisdom as we get our message out. In Jesus name, Amen.