Its importance cannot be overemphasized. It has eased majority in performance of tasks in our world, information is shared in minutes, communication is much enhanced and connection with the world is fast tracked. The internet has no doubt brought plenty of solutions, and allow me to say “joy” to our world.
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|However, recently I have had encounters of the flip side of this “coin”. I had to work hard to deal with some would have been “hazards to mind” incidents which I have had with this very important aid to our world. I thought I should share these encounters (one is from a sister) with you and how I have been able to deal with them.
I was on the net some 10-12 weeks ago, when a call came in on SKYPE. This particular caller had been calling severally days before and I didn’t want to pick up because I wasn’t sure if I knew the person. But this day, I had a second thought, what if it is someone I knew or someone who knows me and is trying to connect with me? And because of my job I thought: what if this person needs your help? So I picked, big mistake!
I answered and said hello, I enabled video without thinking and what I saw was very irritable. He was nude and had his camera down on him, thank God I ducked so he didn’t get to see my face. I quickly turned it off and got very angry at myself for neglecting the reluctance I had about picking this call. I complained to my husband and a brother who was with us at the time. I was not happy for sometime. How could someone do that to me? I had heard of such sick things and sick people but didn’t think I would have to see any …
Another time, I needed help for my site, something had stopped working and I was searching on a help topic. I saw possible solutions, and I scrolled down to see if I could find one that was a more direct solution for me, and then bam!!! I saw another profane image and wondered what it had to do with the topic under discussion. Of course I left the problem unsolved for that day.
I followed back a lady on my twitter account and one day she sent me some pictures, without any worries or thoughts of negativity; I clicked open and saw several of her nude photos. I was shocked, amazed and petrified that such a beautiful, decent looking girl could do such a sick thing. My first thought was to block her, but on a second thought I decided to send her a direct message and shared the love of The Father with her, and I prayed for her too. I’ve never heard from her since then. I just pray somehow those words will bear fruit in her life.
A sister shared with me of how she exchanged BBM pins with a client and next thing, he sent her a nude photo, with some obscenities I cannot even repeat here.
What is up with all these people? You block one and another one shows up. Sites or images you do not solicit for just appear even when they do not relate with what you are searching for. I know there are ways to block some of these sites and all, but some experts have told me that it is not yet possible to completely avoid coming across them on the internet. Can we please get a onetime remedy, something to just block any nude a profane image on any site at all? All IT personnel please come to our rescue, for the love of our life and our children’s!
All these happened in almost quick successions; my mind was under serious attack because of these things I have seen, the memories just kept coming back. You will agree with me that what we see and hear impacts our minds, the eyes and the ears are like gates into the mind of any person. I remember when I complained to my husband, he told me that one way to deal with those memories is to replace them with good memories and thoughts.
So while we hope for a permanent solution to block these harmful contents, let us look for ways to handle them so they do not affect us in our minds and lives.
-Replacing the profane memories with healthy ones will help a great deal, it may not happen immediately but somehow as you counteract those memory flashes with good thoughts, the former gives way in your mind for the latter.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
-Reading, studying and meditating on God’s word will definitely
clean your mind. The word of God is the most powerful and cleansing agent, for those who would dare apply it.
…that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Your mind is a battle ground, protect it, defend it, and attack anything that comes against it!
Ugochi Oritsejolomisan is a Christ-follower, wife to Benson, mother of 3 awesome boys, God's agent, speaker and blogger. Writing to inspire you for a better life in God! Find her on: google
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