MATTHEW 6:8 ON 6/8

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Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.  – Matthew 6:8

Do not be like who???  Let’s back up a bit to find out.

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.  And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.  – Matthew 6:5-8

In the Sermon on the Mount, our Lord instructs us to pray behind a closed-door.  He does not want us to babble loudly for all to hear – because if men hear you, God won’t.  We are once again reminded that God knows our motives and intentions.  We can fool other people, but we certainly cannot pull the wool over God’s eyes.

I’ve heard this question so many times:  If God already knows what I need, why do I have to ask Him for it?

As a parent, you basically know what your children need.  What if they went along and never mentioned any wants or needs to you?  You would think that child was a bit ungrateful, wouldn’t you?  I rest my case.  God wants a relationship with us – through His Son, Christ Jesus.  We pray in private – to God in Jesus’ Name.

In Jesus’ Name we can bring our real heart to the Father.  He just wants us to be real.  Honesty goes a long way with God.

MEET HIM IN YOUR PRAYERS

God is the only One who needs to know our plea.  That’s not to say that corporate prayer or praying in a group is bad.  There are many times when my faith is weak and it encourages my spirit to hear a brother or sister in Christ pray.  Friendship in Christ includes prayer – for each other and with each other.  🙂

 

DATA PRIVACY DAY

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Today we observe DATA PRIVACY DAY!!!  In a world where nearly everything is accessible, it gets more and more difficult to keep anything private.  While some people can’t wait to spill everything they know via social media, some of us like to keep a few things to ourselves.

I was so thankful when HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) was passed in 1996.  Even though you might think it’s silly for me to want my privacy protected when it comes to my health (after all, I blog about it every day), the point is, I want the info to come from me – not from someone who took a peek at my records.

Of course, Title I of HPAA protects health insurance coverage for workers and their families if they lose their job or change jobs.  Title II of HPAA is known as the Administrative Simplification (AS) provisions and requires national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health insurance plans, and employers.

But back to privacy issues.  I enjoy a certain amount of protection where my privacy is concerned.  Bloggers like me have made no secret of health issues, religious preference or to a certain degree political preference.  I’ll reveal as much as I’m comfortable revealing about myself, but I believe in this high-tech world (where there are questionable characters sitting behind computer monitors), I do need to guard my heart.

 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.  – Proverbs 4:23

It’s unwise to tell everything you know.  At 53 years of age, I hope I’ve learned that lesson.  Sometimes I still put my foot in my mouth (my very large size 8 1/2 foot), but the instances of “hoof and mouth disease” seem to be fewer as I get older, I’m happy to report.

May God help all of us to use wisdom in our daily lives.  May He help us to say what we should and not say what does not need to be said.  May He help us to be still when we should and just listen.  May He guide us in directions that will please Him always, and may He always help us to guard our hearts. 

 

 

 

DATA INNOVATION DAY

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The purpose of Data Innovation Day is to raise awareness about the benefits and opportunities that have come from the data revolution.  From education to transportation, virtually every state agency is looking to data to improve performance.

There’s a joke that goes…  There’s an APP for that!  Indeed there is.  No matter what you want to do with a computer, the technology is available to make it happen.  Are there more programs to advance our lives via technology?  Of course, we are always striving to improve, aren’t we?

I appreciate the advancements for businesses and government, but most people would like to know how this progress affects them personally.

We all know that progress is not always good, or we exchange something for it.  In the future, I wonder how much more of our personal information will be “out there” for others to get access to?  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything to hide.  My life is an open book.

 It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.  – Albert Einstein

I suppose the advances I have taken advantage of are the different “themes” I’ve used for my blog here on WordPress.  I won’t lie, the ones I used in the past have left me wanting something more, but this one is different.  I wanted color and variety from page to page.  This one is a keeper.  It’s just what I wanted!

The idea of progress is to make things easier and give us more choices online.  We’ve noticed changes in social media and in our local internet service – some good, some bad.  Sometimes you wonder who came up with that “brilliant” idea.  It’s not a compliment, but sarcasm.  I have earned a black belt in sarcasm.

We roll with change and get used to it because we have no choice.  It doesn’t mean we like it, but if we want to keep using our computer, we must learn to adapt.

Um…  a mental nudist colony???  No thanks!!!  🙂

 Technology: “the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it.”  – Max Frisch, c.1960s

As performance is improved in the business world, may we not forget that there is a real world out there to be experienced.  Take some time away from your computer today and call a friend or take a leisurely stroll.  Stay in touch with people and nature.  🙂