Mar 23, 2011

Does your Mind have a "Mind of it's Own" ?

Have you ever heard the expression "The GIGO Effect"  It means, Garbage In - Garbage Out.    It's a secular saying and was birthed in the early days of computers. 

I know I am giving my age away, but back in the early 70's, I worked for General Motors in South Africa.  I remember walking through the computer department and marveling at all the "modern technology" (LOL) ... rows and rows of tape readers, with spools of magnetic tape flying through the reading heads at great speed. 

What was considered a powerful computer back then, could not do a fraction of what the Lap Top I am currently writing this blog with, can do.   

It was a giant IBM computer fed by thousands of book mark sized punch cards, with hundreds of punch holes in, later to be replaced by paper tape. 

These were created by punch card operators or teletype tape operators, who spent their days at typing machines that transferred data from various departments in the entire factory, into a punched out code that the computer could read and analyze.

Every department would get reams and reams of paper with columns of data which we would use in the day to day operation.

From time to time, operators would input the incorrect information and thus the reports we got would be incorrect.   This was referred to the GIGO effect. Garbage In and Garbage Out.  

It's much like our minds.   What we feed our mind with today, will be affect what happens tomorrow. In other words, I can make sure my future is blessed beyond measure by feeding my mind with the right thoughts today. We are told to "guard our hearts" and "as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he"  If you look at the greek meaning of the word "heart" it refers to the mind and thoughts.  So we are to guard our thoughts.     

There is so much negative stuff that we are being bombarded with daily.  Whilst a lot of it is true, we have to make sure it does not affect the way we think.   Just because there are so many problems in the world, it does not make God any less able to deliver us from the snare of the fowler and the noisome pestilence.  

In the course of conversation, I hear Christians often speaking in a fearful way about some situation in their community, state or country.  They repeat something they hear from someone else, as truth, without checking the validity of the report.   The truth is, whatever happens, God is still God and His mercy endures forever.  His goodness and mercy shall follow us ALL the days of our lives.  


So, don't let every bit of garbage you hear, become a part of your thinking.  Refuse to allow it to take root in your thoughts.  Rather believe what God says and stand firm on His promises.  

2 Cor 10:5 "Casting down imaginations"  The word imaginations literally means ... a thought or obstinacy.  It's an obstinate thought that dominates your thinking.  Cast it down.  Get rid of it.  

Purposefully fix your thoughts on something of value.   

"Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." Phil. 4:8 (New Living Translation.)

God bless you richly.

Gil Howard-Browne.

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