Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Spam (not the meat) (11/03/11)
TITLE: Re-Boot Camp 101
By Linda Germain
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My security shield is breached and that corrupting stuff referred to as SPAM is seeping in. It ought to be called liverwurst, or maybe haggis. In other words, there’s a nasty gap through which an icky-sicky-sticky invisible enemy has gained control of my faculties and is busy rendering me helpless. I’m doomed.
Some sinister sneaky snake is slinking in to siphon the life right out of me. I can’t raise screens and firewalls fast enough to protect myself from the viral attacks that leave me weak and vulnerable. Who’s doing this horrible thing to me?
There are people who depend on me to be up and running no matter the time, day or night. Calling tech support is out of the question. Besides, they are said to speak a foreign language.
Although we were created to be amazing technical tools for information and social networking--for learning and teaching--for fun and helping, there is so much evil intent working overtime to saturate our circuitry that we often have meltdowns and then just freeze up (if one can melt and freeze at the same time).
Here I sit…caught in a gridlock and bound by disguised perpetrators who constantly batter all the fragile barriers I thought were in place to repel junk and prevent permanent damage. My goodness, I feel too pitiful and exposed for words. The ambush must stop. The plug will have to be pulled.
I’m at the end of a long and risky road and my very minutes are numbered. Where will they send me? Is there a final dump for broken down information highway travelers who’ve been blindsided?
Wait! I sense there’s a remedy being downloaded into my motherboard. It’s a little round disc full of neutralizing repair. I’m too ashamed to do anything but let it take over and reprogram the heart and brains of the highly specialized design I was meant to be.
Little by little I feel that secure connection being restored. The almost fatal damage is reversed and I’m very close to being certified as new. Hallelujah!
Let’s face it. Scripture on CD rescued my mortal life and eternal spirit from insidious evil that slowly forced me to the brink of destruction. I learned there are dire consequences to breaking God’s TOP TEN and ignoring the tools He provided to keep me functioning safely. His WORD, through Jesus, intercepted my untimely obliteration.
I’m clean and defragmented. All neurotransmitters are repaired and my memory is sharp and blessedly secure from accusatory reminders. I can breathe. Ah…
Now that I’m up and running on all cylinders again, shielded from the destruction of malicious attacks, I can get to work on my old desktop computer. It has served me well, and all because I’ve been extremely cautious and protective of its innards (so to speak).
I’ve bought the best security systems and spent hours blocking unwanted cookies and phishing expeditions meant to bring harm . I figured if I took care of it, it would take care of me. My determined vigilance over that hunk of metal and wire has paid off. There is, however, a vitally important bottom line to consider in my own life.
SPAM: Sin Plugs All Minds.
Just like vicious attacks on the electronic tools we depend on in the 21st Century, the only security for the sensitive circuitry of a human’s mind and spirit lies in constant awareness of the state of our state. Creeping, devious, subtle incoming communication can tank any of us manipulated by the world.
Computers are smart and useful; yet vulnerable. They must be protected to function correctly. Humans are that…and more. Why do we let down our guards and allow sin to invade the personal space of our spirits and clutter our minds and compromise our eternal security?
Jesus Saves is not just some vague, overused, throw-away mantra. He is the secret to acquiring the full armor of God…including the boots. It’s the ultimate supreme tech support available for His children… and it’s free on request.
Updated report: All systems tracking and on alert.
Power restored; full speed ahead.
Pause and enter. Thank you, Lord.
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