The Delete Key

17 Mar

RefreshSymbol_4Computer“After a day of staring at my computer screen, I decided I really needed to have a break and revive myself.

“So I just clicked ‘refresh.’

“Didn’t seem to work.” ~ Theresa Keener, Co-Publisher, Christian Examiner

I (Dawn) live at my computer most days, so you can imagine that I love (clean) computer humor like that.  And like this …

If Life Were Like a Computer

  • You could add/remove someone in your life using the control panel.
  • You could put your kids in the recycle bin and restore them when you feel like it!
  • You could improve your appearance by adjusting the display settings.
  • You could turn off the speakers when life gets too noisy.
  • You could click on “find” (Ctrl, F) to recover your lost remote control and car keys.
  • To get your daily exercise, just click on “run”!
  • If you mess up your life, you could always press “Ctrl, Alt, Delete” and start all over!  *

I think Theresa’s idea of getting revived from a “refresh” key is wonderful. (By the way, sometimes it’s called a “button”).

But there’s another computer key that I also enjoy. It’s the “delete” key. There are so many things I’d delete, if I could … cellulite … bad breath … stinky feet … monotonous jobs … annoying salespeople …

And a few personal things, too.

  • I must delete my tendency to act on “lies” that I believed for years, even though I know the truth now. (Habits do get ingrained, don’t they? That’s why we need the daily washing of the Word of Truth!) (John 17:17Ephesians 5:26)
  • I must delete the false guilt that the enemy tries to lay on me, when I know good and well that I am forgiven because of all that Jesus accomplished on the cross.  Satan is a defeated foe! (John 12:31; 16:11; Hebrews 2:14-15)
  • I must delete the selfishness that crops up when I hang on to “my rights” instead of looking for ways to serve others. (Philippians 2:1-4; Matthew 23:11)

DeleteKey_GreenYour turn … What do YOU need to delete? The delete key is our choice to get rid of the things that hinder our walk with God or our ability to serve Him effectively. It’s hard to figure out what to do, sometimes, and that’s when we click on the “Help” key ~ the power of the Holy Spirit and the truth for practical living that we find in God’s Word.

I like that last point in the “If Life Were Like a Computer” list, don’t you? If we mess up, we can always start over.

Our “Ctrl, Alt, Delete” is to turn over the Control to God, Alter our direction (turn from sin and self to righteousness), and Delete the lingering “old” shadows of our life before we knew Jesus ~ so we can live out our new life in Christ. It’s the “put off/put on” principle of scripture (see Colossians 3:1-4, 8-11).

So the next time you sit at a keyboard, let it remind you to ask God’s Spirit if you need to hit the delete key. The blessings you’ll receive when you strike that key are joy, peace, and a clear conscience.



2 Responses to “The Delete Key”

  1. Sharon G. March 17, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    This is some good stuff! But sometimes I wish the Delete key would work on memories.

  2. Dawn Wilson March 17, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Ah, Memories. They can be a beast or a blessing, for sure!

    Sharon, allow me to recommend a great book: “Putting Your Past in Its Place” by Stephen Viars (Harvest House, 2011) … great insight and practical help for turning struggles from the past into stepping stones for growth.

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