1. He who laughs last, probably backed up his files. He who didn't back up may still get his files back, but at a significantly higher cost.
2. Find someone who knows how to restore computers. The cost in time is still high, but at least not insurmountable.
3. Nothing will ever be exactly the same. The new programs replacing the old ones will have new features, modified features, and some features gone. But change is good, right?!
4. People are more important than things. Every time. Even if the things are there to help people or inform them. ALL people are more important than ANY thing. So get your head up, stop texting, stop hiding behind a computer screen, stop focusing on your tablet and see the people around you. Then let them know how important they are!
4. When something is lost, say, for instance, the ability to access the church's 2 e-mail accounts, don't panic. It won't do any good. Instead, pray. A lot. With intensity. I'm not advocating the idea that God is there to grant wishes, but I know that He loves us enough to care about what is troubling us.
5. Pray. Did I mention this? After a week and a half of not accessing those e-mail accounts, I took time to pray earnestly and long, reminding God that I was at the end of my options, and that only He could restore those accounts. It would take a miracle of sorts to gain them back.
6. God is in the business of miracles. I was sure I had the right web application with the right passwords. It wasn't until I was looking for an unrelated paper that I found what God chose to let me find when He let me find it to regain the e-mail accounts.
7. Trust in God is greater than trust in things. It wasn't until I finally said I would be content re-creating everything that God gave me everything I needed. He is our Father, and our Father truly does know what is best for us! By the way, He wants to restore you, too. Trust Him!