Don't Trust the Firewall

We got to our beach house last Saturday around 3pm, and sometime between then and dinner I tried to jump online with my work laptop (a PC) to check my email.

INSTANT. FAIL.

Almost immediately I had pop-up software telling me my computer was infected, and then I couldn’t load any webpages or open any other programs. My computer had basically been bricked by some Taliban-level program called Antivir.

It didn’t take me long to realize what had happened. It wasn’t that some virus found my computer in those 10 seconds that I was online at the beach house. The malware had probably been on my computer for a while, it just wasn’t able to do anything because all the networks I had used recently had strong enough firewalls to protect me.

Guess what? This crap happens in our lives too.

People just don’t decide to have an affair in the middle of a 5-minute conversation. People don’t decide to cheat their business taxes on a whim. People don’t become addicted to destructive behavior the first time they do it.

The seeds are planted way before the catastrophe by the little decisions we make every day.

The guy or girl who looks at porn a few times a month and lets their mind wander to what it would be like to be with every woman or man they know is no different than my computer running fine with a latent virus inside. All it’s gonna take is the wrong situation, the time and place where there’s no firewall on the network and the circumstances are just right (just wrong), and BOOM. ROASTED.

Don’t think it’s okay to let those thoughts swim around in your head because you’d never REALLY do it.

You wouldn’t REALLY cheat on your spouse, besides there’s no hot guy or girl out there who’d want to sleep with you anyway (yes there is).

You wouldn’t REALLY cheat on your taxes, besides you’re not smart enough to know how to do it (you can learn).

Some of us have some “latent viruses” in us now, and if we don’t do something to clean them up, it’s just a matter of time before we get burned. I know because it’s happened to me.

So pay attention to the little decisions you make every day and ask God to help you weed out the things in your life that are setting you up for disaster. (The Bible calls this renewing your mind, which I would refer to as a “Holy Virus Scan” if I was into cheeseball metaphors.)

“…be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2

“…Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.” – 2 Corinthians 4:16

Don’t trust the firewall.

Don’t expect your circumstances to protect you from the worst possible scenario.

They won’t.

Back with the funny tomorrow, just wanted to share this today. Thanks for understanding.


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  • http://joannamuses.com Joanna

    Amen!

    And even if the sin doesn’t have a chance to escape into actions, it is still poisoning you. Getting into the habit of thinking sinful thoughts can really mess with your relationship with God and how you relate to people. The longer you keep letting yourself think wrong stuff the harder it is to change.

  • K

    You don’t know me, but I needed to hear that today. Thank you.

  • http://www.lorisreflections.com Lori

    Wow a serious post by Bryan…I LOVE IT. Write more!!! Love your humor, but love these also.

    So true and a big amen.

  • Natasha

    An awesome, thought-provoking post. Thanks for sharing!

    On a different note, I was driving through Kansas this week and past Conception, KS. Interesting.

  • darooda

    Sure, maybe I can’t trust the firewall to protect me, but I can trust the Apple, right? Please tell me I can trust in Apple!

    Thanks for this, it’s a good reminder to something I struggle with.

  • Joshua

    Wow…that’s great Bryan. ;) Keep it up man.

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  • Aunt Melinda

    from one of your older readers–how refreshing to read these wise and thoughtful words from someone in your generation.

  • http://www.thechurchofnopeople.com Matt @ The Church of No People

    Okay, so this was a great message, and I know it is supposed to be serious, but I did chuckle at “boom, roasted.” It’s okay, I didn’t miss the point entirely.

  • http://write2Breal.blogspot.com Britt

    Great post. Thanks for the message.
    (OR: Great message, thanks for the post)
    Either way.

  • http://jax-rambling-thoughts.blogspot.com/ Diane

    While I definitely enjoy the “funny,” this was a very well-timed post for me to read. Thanks for getting my head back on track!

  • http://daughtersheart.wordpress.com AymieJoi

    Thanks for confirming something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. Good stuff!

  • Jenny

    Great post. It serves as a good reminder that my mind isn’t a playground – it’s a minefield. Better to use the best preventative minesweeper possible to keep myself away from danger.

  • http://taftastic.wordpress.com Lee Taft

    This might be my favorite thing you’ve ever written. Very good job.

  • Riggs

    Bryan… really appreciate the serious posts you throw out from time to time like this one. It shows that you’re more than just a funny guy (which you are) or a guy who likes sports (which you are) but that you also struggle with real issues but have found ways to over come them. I love how at your blog we get silly, funny, ridiculous, over-the-top, poop, sports, serious, all wrapped into one. Each morning I click through my RSS feeds and I usually look at yours first because I’m anxious to see what you are talking about today.

  • http://brianvinson10.blogspot.com Rev. Run

    Fantastic post. All the “firewalls” in the world aren’t enough. Only the Holy Spirit is enough.

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