why do they keep trying to sell me viagra?

i am old.  therefore, i am a computer neophyte.  i know some old people are
computer-savvy, but they are more intellectually engaged than me.  they are aware of the culture around them and how they might contribute to it.  i prefer cheetos and tv.  “but,” you vigorously retort, “you are blogging.”  “not my fault,” i reply. a young “techie” friend, david spotts, sent me a link to wordpress.com and said, “type something here and press ‘send’.”  had david not been so intrusive altruistic and irritating persistent, then you, dear reader, would be without the pleasure and illumination of my “downzheimer’s wit” (thank you, ben ortlip).  

on this tech journey, i have discovered a number of computer-related terms that seem to me quite queer.   i’m talking about terms like “firewall”, “hypertext”, “emoticon”, and “kernel”.   thank god we no longer use “floppy.” “upload” sounds like something i would yell at someone on the freeway.  most confusing, however, is the term “cookie.”  now, i love cookies of all kinds and i have tried my best to embrace “cookie” as part of my new tech vocabulary.  but i just cannot bring myself to say it out loud.  cookie.  c’mon.

besides the ungainly nature of the term, i am told that “cookies” are troublesome and potentially dangerous.  it seems that a “cookie” is a footprint, of sorts, that i leave every place i go in cyberspace.  all sorts of corporations are, this very minute, examining my “cookies” to see how they might be able to exploit my habits and interests.  who knows what they might find, and what sort of nefarious intentions and furtive motivations they might have (although “cookies” might explain the nature of the spam in my inbox…all this time i had suspected my wife of speaking out of turn)?

for those of us that are christ-followers, we leave tell-tale footprints in a real sense.  the things we say, how we treat people, even our facial expressions display the condition of our hearts.  like it or not, our interpersonal relationships are “cookies” that let others (and ourselves) know where we’ve been, where we’re going, and how influential god is in our lives.

there is one more lesson we learn from the “cookie.” like the meddlesome corporation that is watching my every move, the creator god is after me and is profoundly interested in what’s going on in my life. he is never presumptive or overbearing, but he will be as active in my life as i will allow him to be. the bible tells me god knows the thoughts and intents of my heart (hebrews 4:12) and desperately seeks to make me like his son (romans 8:29). he hovers and broods over my life and stands ready to lead me if i will only ask. what a thought!

the next time you enjoy a warm chocolate-chip cookie, i hope you will remember this post and sense the presence of god. and don’t forget the milk. milk doesn’t really represent anything spiritual, but it sure makes the cookies taste better.

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