No matter what any one says…. I am NOT old enough to actually remember an old fashion Ticker-tape machine.! I only remember them being in old black and white movies and thought they were pretty awesome…. Do you even know what I am talking about when I say “ticker-tape”? Well…..It is this machine that has a continuous paper strip that would print out information such as stocks prices and at one point, before the invention of the electronic scoreboard….Baseball scores… It was… I guess…. the first Computer Printer… a forerunner of the fax machine….something that could get messages to a lot of people in a shorter amount of time. I remember watching them read that strip of words or codes one word at a time…. once they received the information they were waiting for they would tear it off and run to tell those who were also waiting on the seemingly very important message of the hour.
The newer form of Ticker-tape I guess would be those LED Scrolling Message boards that are everywhere we go. Messages that announce flight departures and arrival times…. Messages that entice you to buy the latest item on sale.. Stock prices move across the screen now, so they are instantly seen by anxiously waiting eyes ready, to make their next move to buy or sell.
During this time of year….. storm and tornado season….. the weather warnings run along the bottom of the local station on our TV. We watch those words scroll across the screen waiting intently to see if our County, or town is in the Warning area and then if it is…. when will it expire so that we can let our guard down and go to bed.
As a kid in school….. that same message board was used to let us know that we did NOT have to go to school because of too much snow…! If we missed our school… we would stay glued to the screen until the message started over and went through the entire list again! FINALLY!!! YES…. our school IS on the list! SNOW DAY!!!
At the school that my son goes to, they installed a LED Scrolling Sign in the Cafeteria. It posts the news that is in the bulletin, class changes, meeting announcements, the lunch menu …. you know … all that important stuff!! Some…. ignore it… while others sit mesmerized by either what is being transmitted …letter by letter…. word by word…. or… simply because of the motion of the colorful red lights flashing across the screen.
At any rate….each individual will look at the same screen and decide what portion of information is pertinent to them. What to keep and file away in their memory for later reference… or…. discard as useless information and move on with their day.
That picture of the LED Scrolling Ticker-Tape message board came to mind when I was thinking about the many thoughts that run through our minds on a daily….hourly….. if not minute by minute. Good thoughts…..random thoughts… thoughts of the past….. thoughts of the future….
The ones that cause us the most problems are the ones that the adversary ….. the devil ….. runs across the screen of our minds… its like he has hacked into the control room of our brains that houses the scrolling program and randomly puts in the lies he hopes we will receive.
As we begin to read the words that flash across the screen of our minds…. letter by letter…. word by word…. we decide what we want to take to heart or simply fall to the floor of our minds to be swept up and taken out with the trash. We see
“I am a child of God”
“I can do all things through Christ Jesus”
“I am a new Creature…. the old has passed away”
“I am Loved by God”
“In Right Standing with God”
“You will always be unworthy of God’s Love”
“You are more than a Conqueror”
What did that say? Ok…. now I have to let that scroll back through to re read that… Did it say what I thought it said?
Wait… here it comes….. “You will always be unworthy of God’s Love”…. yep… that’s what I thought it said…!!
Is THAT true!!!
Do I leave it on the “board” to continue to run again and again across my mind?
Or…. do I discard it….. Delete it out of the system and place it in file 13!
We have a choice you know…. Everything that runs through our mind is not necessarily put there by us…some things seem to just come out of no where….We can not always control what comes in…. we sometimes get “hacked” ….
What we DO with that virus that has penetrated the firewall of our minds….. THAT is something we CAN do….
We Can choose to accept it…
We can choose to ignore it…
We can choose to Trash it!!!
2nd Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.