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Posted By Sharon

I have to laugh when I think of how many different passwords I have for the different areas of my life.  Some people use the same ones but not me.  Don't get me wrong, I started out using the same ones but then the rules changed.  'You need 6 must be characters least one character..." You understand what I'm saying, I'm sure!  It gets so confusing we have a list and whenever one is changed or a new one is created, the list gets updated.

We have a lot of passwords when it comes to our day-to-day lives too.  "How are you? I'm fine" "Boy it's hot today!" "When are you going to take care of that? Later."  We use them so often we don't need a list to keep track of them...they're already part of our vocabulary.  The difference between our passwords for computer (banking, billing, etc.) activities is they have no real meaning.  They may be based on something that is personal to us so we will remember them more easily but to the receiver, they're just numbers, letters & characters.  Our day-to-day passwords often carry a much deeper message.

They may protect us from getting too close to someone by not sharing our deepest thoughts.  They may be used as excuses because we don't want to do what someone is asking of us.  They may be a way to say what we're thinking without the other person hearing what we're really saying. HUH?

Remember when you were young and you would create 'secret messages' from your own message code for you & your closest buds?  Why did you do that? Because that was a way to share what was deepest in your heart with someone you trusted.  Now that we're adults we do the same thing except it's a little more sophisticated...we choose our word 'passwords' more carefully.  I suppose there's really nothing wrong with doing that but it becomes a problem when it moves into our relationship with Christ.

We 'assign' our own definition to Who He is and what He'll do based on our own beliefs.  Big mistake! We might be talking about Him to someone & find ourselves using old cliches instead of sharing Biblical truths. & sharing what's truly on our hearts! And what about when we mess us?  How do we relate to God? Do we hide or try to 'sugar coat' our situation when we tell Him about it?  Why do we do this? Fear, anger, self-justification?

'Passwords' are great when it comes to protecting us from others seeing sensitive information that could put our financial lives in jeopardy but when it comes to our lives and relationships with others, we need to be more honest. I remember my mom telling me when we lie, it creates a lot of chaos because you always have to keep track of the first lie so when you tell the second (third,fourth, etc.) you don't contradict yourself.  Pretty hard to do! And when it comes to God, there's no reason to use 'Passwords', He already knows everything about you, loves you anyway and there's nothing you can do about it! 

Everyone wants to simplify their lives! Just lighten up on the day-to-day 'Passwords' & you'll be amazed how much simpler life can be!  :-)