Taking a lesson from password protection
By Cindi Shroyer
I have so many Internet accounts! And each has a different password. That’s for safety, you know. At least that’s what they tell us from the “offices” of Internet-land.
The problem for me, and others I’ve discovered, is that it is just plain hard to remember all those passwords. And personal identification numbers — don’t want to leave those out! Every account needs a different number or series of numbers and letters and we are not supposed to write them down. Huh? How are we supposed to remember them if we don’t jot them down somewhere?
I have a boatload of scribbles all over the place that have these passwords on them. I don’t think I have anything to fear from an Internet robber though. I can’t remember what the passwords are for when I run across them, and nine times out of 10 I have attempted to log on to whatever site and been denied. Then the process begins again. Send an email to myself to allow myself to create a new password for that account that I use so incredibly often that I can’t remember how to access it.
I’m not overly sure they should put technology into some of our hands!
I have one password for one site that I doubt I will ever change. I use the account fairly often so I remember the password; and it is not what I intended it to be so it sticks even better in my aging grey matter.
The password is supposed to read “roadsigns” in a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. Note the words “supposed to.” I don’t know if it was a Freudian slip or a God-intended “mistake” or just my fingers not finding enough characters, but my password really reads “roadsins.” Unfortunate leaving out that “g.” Totally messes up my point.
The idea came to me as I wasted time staring at a photo I took several years ago of the sun rising and burning off a dense fog that hung over a farmers’ field. A stand of trees is in the right corner and in the foreground is a highway guardrail. When I took the photo God impressed upon me the importance of guardrails and road signs in our lives. So, looking at the photo, deep in thought about what my new password should be, I thought, “Oh, road signs! Good reminder!”
Yeah. So is “road sins.”
Whenever I type that password I am reminded of the sins I commit each day on the road through my life. Not occasional sins; daily sins. It’s something we all do. That little lie to your wife — “That dress looks great, honey” — when telling the truth is right and what she really wants. Or, “the check’s in the mail,” said as you write it out and slip it in the envelope.
Marginal, I know. Sin, no doubt.
Sometimes as I travel and try to avoid the “road sins” I think I am more aptly identified with a pinball pinging off the guardrails and careening all over the road with no sense of direction. And though my photo clearly shows a rising sun illuminating the start of day, I find many days there may be little to no light on the road I am on — a definite detour, intended or not. There is light to illuminate the road signs.
“Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105).
It’s so neat that the Word is our light, our lamp and our sword. We have the proper tools to use as we try to follow the road signs while trying not to commit road sins. You always need the right tools when your car breaks down. The Bible is certainly the right tool when your life breaks down.
God is the Right One to post your road signs, the One who knows where you need guard rails. And He can take care of those nasty potholes caused by road sins. Potholes do major damage and are so deceptive — could be a quarter inch deep or a foot deep. You really don’t know until you drive through it. Life’s potholes caused by road sins are the same — you never know how deep it goes until you step into one. You could just get your shoes a little wet, but you could also fall in and be up to your eyeballs in messy, dirty muck.
This week I started a Bible study with a group from my church on becoming an “r12” Christian. I told my pastor that as I watched one of the two DVD lessons my heart starting doing its “Holy Spirit talkin’ to ya’” dance. That most likely means there are some changes coming. The speaker for this set of lessons said that once you choose to head the right direction something will test you, usually within the first 24 hours. Yep, he got that one right. And it was less than 24 hours, thank you very much.
Part of the homework is reading Romans 12 (what the r12 stands for) each day. So far, so good. And it is amazing what different road signs I can see in my life, and what sins come to the front of my mind to be dealt with.
So, here’s the lesson (and homework) for this week — when you take to the streets watch for road signs that will direct you away from road sins. You should be able to keep clean that way; and you just might be able to assist a broken down fellow traveler.
And for your homework — read Romans 12 everyday. It will take less than two minutes and just might change the road you’re traveling on.
Living Sacrifices to God
1) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Serve God with Spiritual Gifts
3) For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4) For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5) so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7) or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8) he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Behave Like a Christian
9) Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10) Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11) not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12) rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13) distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
14) Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15) Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16) Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17) Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18) If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19) Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
21) Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (NKJV)