Control, alternate, delete …

“A person without self-control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out.” Proverbs 25:28

I began to learn about person computers in the early 1980’s, with the plan to re-enter the workforce. I took a nine-hour tutoring class to learn DOS and word processing. The commands challenged my brain to memorize keystroke combinations, and I became proficient enough to teach others word processing.

David Bradley was part of a team hired by IBM to build a personal computer. The company was behind Apple and RadioShack in the PC era and challenged this team to get an IBM PC on the market in less than five years. Bradley became frustrated when encountering a computer glitch, because each time he had to manually restart the computer—a time consuming process. He spent about five minutes writing a little program using two keys on the left side of the keyboard and one on the right (to keep from accidentally restarting the computer) and it became the infamous control, alternate, delete command (ctrl+alt+del).

God gave us control over our own lives as well as alternatives—”do as I command and we’ll get along just fine.” In the Old Testament, we read many times in which God “deleted” people who wouldn’t obey him.” Solomon said in Proverbs 3:1,2 “Take to heart my commands. They’ll help you live a long, long time, a long life lived full and well.”

Lord, help us learn self-control and alternatives that will keep us in your grace. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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