Most of us have a longer paper trail than we realize. World systems have documented us since our birth; Individuals placed your personal data in hospitals, courthouses, schools, places of employment and credit bureaus. You are a name, a number and a statistic. With technology advances, information is now also accessible via the world wide-web.
We once could take a man’s handshake and word as a guarantee of commitment. A general rule applies today; put it in writing. At times, we might wish for a personal secretary to take dictation to be stored as public record. We have issues and we want to document them.
“I wish someone would write down everything I say. I wish my words were written on a scroll. I wish they were carved with an iron tool into lead or scratched on a rock so that they would last forever. I know that there is someone to defend me and that he lives! And in the end, he will stand here on earth and defend me (Job 19:23-25 ERV).” Job wanted it in writing. God keeps a paper trail too; he records the names of each of his children in the book of life!