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Words Of The Latter Rain

Volume 3, Issue 11, November 2010


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Marcia's Musings

Ken Nix

Monday, 12/6/2010

By Marcia Smeenk

The history of the keyboard dates back to the invention of the typewriter in 1867 and was marketed by Remington, a manufacturer of guns and rifles.  At the end of the Civil War Remington diversified into farm equipment and sewing machines.  Hence, the first typewriters designed looked like sewing machines mounted on a table complete with a pedal for the carriage return. When first introduced typewriters were used by typing  with two fingers.  The idea of typing with ten fingers was introduced in 1878 and the concept of “touch typing” followed shortly thereafter.  This enabled typists to type without looking at the keys since their locations had been memorized.  However, proficient typists easily caused the typewriter mechanisms to jam. To alleviate the problem, the keys were rearranged based on frequently combined sequences of letters. They were then separated to prevent jamming, and a new keyboard appeared termed the QWERTY layout, representing the top row, left hand consecutive letters. Thereafter, all who type must learn this system as it has survived well over 100 years.   In order to learn to type, one must learn the keys a few at a time and with much repetition and practice, proficiency is obtained   step by step.  Practice sessions are imperative, and in classes in school typing speed and efficiency is tested.  Sentences such as “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country” and “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” (using every letter of the alphabet) were used in these tests.   More sophisticated tests are now used which involve nonsensical sequences of letters, numbers and symbols. To learn to type, one must practice often and must add a new set of keys with each lesson.  Lesson 1 may teach the four keys ASDF and lesson 2 may add JKL;.  Each step adds more to what was previously learned.   Eventually, the use of all of the keys become automatic and then improvement is measured in accuracy and then in speed.

We too have been given keys to learn to use on our spiritual keyboard. They have been embedded in the lessons in messages received on a variety of topics. When we see the word “key” used, it should immediately get our attention.     Those keys should be compiled and practiced at every opportunity.   If you missed them, do a word search on your message document file and be surprised at how many we were given.   Some of the keys given may seem nonsensical but the more you practice, the more proficient you will be in their usage.   Some messages carry the word “key” in the title so we know we are learning to use a new key.  An example of this is “The Key to Victory Through Prayer” and “Keys to Surrender.”  In other cases, more effort is required to search out keys and to learn to use them as they may only appear once in the body of a message and not in the title. The obvious ones are easier to use, but with much practice, the use of these keys will lead to the location and use of the more obscure keys.  How can we type a complete document if we cannot use all of the necessary keys? Although we may already have applied many of the keys, there are many more that still need to be incorporated onto our spiritual keyboard.   If those keys are not yet automatic, we need to retrieve them, read the instructions and apply the practice sessions over and over until we achieve success.  God wants us to use all keys given to us so that we can become more proficient as we wait and prepare for future tests and future applications.



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