The Intimidation Factor

Logos Bible Software can be very intimidating.  However, the more you familiarize yourself with your tools, the less intimidating it becomes. Additionally, if you set realistic expectations, and invest time employing practice scenarios, the confidence gained will over-whelm the intimidation-bully in no time at all. You can do this.

Set Realistic Expectations

I’ve told this story before, but it’s worth sharing again, and though I am sure you are going to laugh, I would bet that you have done something similar as well.

I once purchased the highly touted Apple Pencil to use on my 12.9″ iPad Pro and was literally surprised that I could not draw. The Apple Pencil worked. It was not broken, it’s just that I did not have the talent to draw like an artist. Not convinced that it was me, I then purchased the award winning software, “Procreate”. I still could not draw!

To the point, just because you buy the hammer, does not make you master carpenter. You need to understand up-front, that if you want to master something, anything, you must invest time and energy over a period of time, all the while practicing your craft in order to master it. We’ll touch more on that in a few minutes.

Purchasing and installing Logos Bible software on your computer doesn’t make you a scholar anymore than frying an egg in a pan makes you a master chef.  It is going to take some time to master Logos. You can do it, but it will take some time. Not a crazy amount of time, but it will take some time. How much time? Well, believe it or not, you can make a LOT of progress within 30 days should you follow a game plan, more on that in a minute, but you do need to set realistic expectations.

Become Familiar With Your Tools

In order to slay this giant, the first thing you need to do is to become intimately familiar with your tools. David didn’t just happen upon a sling one day, deciding to ‘give it a whirl’, like he was filling out a lottery ticket, hoping beyond hope that he just might land a great shot, killing his giant.  You can’t wing it either.

Open up Logos and click around.  Explore the interface, and don’t be afraid to try new things out. Click on the TOOLS menu and see what you find, then click on the GUIDES menu and see what is available. The objective is to become familiar with the interface.  The more you familiarize yourself with the software, the less intimidating it will become. Don’t worry about the ‘how’ right now. Just focus on where to find things.  Again, the goal here is to know where to find things.

As an exercise, be sure that you know where the following places are within the Logos desktop environment. There are many more features of Logos, but again, familiarize yourself with Logos by clicking around.

  • Locate the Home icon.
  • Locate the Library icon.
  • Locate the FactBook icon.
  • Where your Documents are accessible from?
  • Where all of the GUIDES are (how many do you have, and what is each one called?)
  • Where the Tools are, and what each one is called?
  • Where is the Shortcut bar?
  • Where is the GoBox?
  • Where is the Layouts menu item?

Like a freshman attending a new high school, it takes them time to find their way around the school in order to find their next class, but within a few days, it becomes second nature.  The same applies with Logos. You can do this.

Practice Builds Confidence

When did “practice” become a bad word?  If anything, it should be associated with honor. The more you practice your trade, the better you become. The more proficient you will wield the Sword.

Did Tom Brady become the best NFL quarterback overnight?  No. Place a football in Tom Brady’s hands, and he can place it anywhere. Take 21 seconds to see for yourself.

How does Tom Brady do that? He spent years familiarizing himself with the football, eventually getting to the point that he could place it anywhere he wanted. Similarly, you  won’t be able to slay your giant without having invested time and energy, but it’s not as difficult as you might think. Let me share what I do.

I use Logos every day, and I try my best to learn something new every day. Even if it’s something small. With Logos, the more you learn, the more you’ll be able to build upon what you have already know.

I’ll scour YouTube to watch a video I haven’t seen before, or read another article on Logos to learn something, (anything), new every day.  I do this to keep sharp and I usually find new ways to do things that I was unaware of.

You too, need to decide right now. Will you make it a point to learn something new every day? Be purposeful about it.  Even if you already know the topic being discussed, watch the video or read the article anyway because there is a good chance that you just may learn something new that you were not aware of.

Employ Practice Scenarios

I would encourage you to ask yourself any Bible question you can think of and then try to find the answer within Logos Bible software. When you run out of questions ask a friend if they have any Bible questions, and then do the research to find the answers for them.  Doing this exercise is not beneath you. In fact, this exercise is one of the simplest and yet most effective training exercises you can do. It will build your confidence in using Logos like nothing else. 

Let me intentionally offer a ridiculously simply example. For a moment, let’s say that you opened up Logos for the first time and needed to know how to open up the ESV Bible (I said it was a simple example). You would need to click on the LIBRARY menu item and type ESV, and then double-click on that resource to open it up.

Now close everything until you have a blank screen. Now, open up the Lexham English Bible (LEB). Close that resource, and then open up the NIV. Do this 3-5 times opening different Bible recourses, and will be fixed in permanent memory. Now, when the need arrises, it will be second nature to open up a new Bible using Logos.

Once you learn something, replicate it. Do it again. And again. Then pretend you are teaching someone how to do what you have just learned. If you do this, the next time you find yourself in the same situation, finding the answer to your question will become second nature.

This brings me to my next point, comprehension.

Comprehension is the Goal

Watching a video, reading an article, or even completing a course is NOT the objective. Comprehension is the objective.

You need to re-read that last paragraph again and get it ingrained into your thinking.  It is sooooo important that you view thorough comprehension as the standard of success when it comes to learning Logos.  Which brain surgeon would you rather have operate on you, a “doctor” who maintained a 2.5 GPA and raced through medical school, or a doctor who exhaustively studied the brain and maintained a high GPA, even if it took him an extra year to graduate? 

Better to spend three days wrestling with the material until you have thoroughly comprehended what is being taught, than to race through material that you won’t remember or be able to teach someone else.  Remember, if you can’t teach somebody else what you have learned, you never learned it in the first place.

Closing Thoughts

Familiarize. Comprehend. Practice. Teach. If you commit yourself to these four things, you will conquer the intimidation-bully. There is no question, you will succeed, and if maintained, you will master your craft.