Lappy no more

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : September 27, 2004

Last night my backpack was stolen. Several important things were in this backpack:

Lappy (my nickname for my laptop computer) was stolen. Oddly enough, I feel the same way I felt when my childhood dog (Chuck) died.

Many of the hardcopies of Missio Dei’s documents (incorporation papers and stuff). This was a big loss, and I feel really stupid about losing Missio Dei’s important documents.

My wallet, which has credit cards, my driver’s license, and my social security card. Lets hope the thief lacks the moxie to attempt identity theft.

It is amazing how dependent I am on the contents of that backpack. I feel powerless and frustrated. My whole life was centered around my computer. That is just sad. Being the thinking-type that I am, I started thinking about what greater purposes this theft might serve. So far, this is what I’ve got:

I realized that Missio Dei isn’t the content of that backpack. It felt as though I lost Missio Dei when I lost that backpack. Some of my recent work for Missio Dei, and Missio Dei’s documents were in there. When they were stolen, I was forced to realize that Missio Dei isn’t in that bag. Missio Dei isn’t merely an organization. The organization part of Missio Dei was hit last night, but Missio Dei remains. Only Lappy is no more.

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2 Responses to “Lappy no more”

  1. Lori on September 27th, 2004 6:42 pm

    Bummer - I could attempt to say something profound, but this is just really, really sad. Whenever something like this happens to someone that I know (especially when it is someone who is truly a good person) I wonder what is going on in the world and who raised these people to think that stealing is okay and…alright, so no one probably raised them to think that stealing was okay, but… Hopefully you are right on the identity theft thing (lack of audacity on the part of the thief to attempt) - that can be a truly ugly experience from what I?ve heard.

  2. Van S on September 29th, 2004 4:11 pm

    Thanks Lori. I am bummed, but I’ll be ok.

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