There’s a principle in computer coding called GIGO. It stands for Garbage IN, Garbage OUT. It’s a simple concept, if you write bad code, it’s not gonna work. Or it’ll be a buggy program.
In fact, the wikipedia definition of GIGO, says that it refers to the fact that, “computers will unquestioningly process unintended, even nonsensical, input data (“garbage in”) and produce undesired, often nonsensical, output (“garbage out”).
Sounds like the way we often deal with bad advice, insults or negative comments, right?
Even the stuff that we KNOW makes no sense. We’ll allow these things prime real estate in our minds. And that often produces, what? Undesired, often nonsensical conclusions, decisions and actions in our lives.
Papa John’s restaurant puts it this way, “better ingredients, better pizza.”
The same is true for us.
What we feed our minds, to a large extent, determines our destiny.
Proverbs says, “He who walks with the wise, shall be wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”
We have to be very careful who we listen to. And not only specific people, but what so-called ‘conventional wisdom’ we allow to mold our thought processes, as well.
Worldly ‘wisdom’ is bombarding us from all directions. The fact that it’s failing everywhere it’s applied doesn’t stop well-meaning, but misguided people around us from insisting it’s the way to go.
My friend, Jaime, posted a quote on Facebook that I wanted to share. In fact, this quote inspired this post.
Never let people plant “impossibilities” in your life. What they can’t do has nothing to do with what you can. Don’t let their failure talk you out of your success.
– Trent Shelton
Our friend Jessica added, “And what we can’t do, GOD CAN…it’s not that I have power on my own, but He is STRONG in me.”
I love that. It’s so true.
There’s no shortage of naysayers and doubters, who chirp from the sidelines about how it can’t be done, it’s impossible or even crazy. And they’ll give you a thousand reasons why, complete with fascinating anecdotes and tales of gloom.
Doctors will say you’ve got six months to live or tell you there’s nothing they can do for you.
Your professor will say, “it can’t be done that way.”
Your best friends will insist that because they failed, so will you.
Your pastor may tell you it’s time to bail on your marriage or give up on your prodigal kids.
Your own family may believe that you won’t amount to anything and remind you of it frequently.
And to all that God says, “Nonsense!”
“Jesus replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.”
– Luke 18:27
The grown up version of the old children’s lyric, “be careful little ears what you hear,” was written by Mark Hall and Casting Crowns:
“Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will CHOOSE to LISTEN and BELIEVE the Voice of Truth.”
It doesn’t just happen on it’s own, though. We’ve gotta be intentional. It’s a choice, a decision. And it requires more than just listening, but believing.
How do we hear and listen to the voice of truth?
- Pour God’s word into our hearts and minds. Scripture is an antidote to the warped reality of worldly wisdom.
- Pray. Pray. Pray.
- Follow the prompts of the Holy Spirit.
- Surround ourselves with people who will speak life into us. Friends we can trust to speak the truth to us, in love, and give biblical counsel.
- Make sure that we’re giving more weight to what God says vs. what’s coming at us from elsewhere. Recalibrate that ratio.
And, finally, because His advice is infinitely better than mine…
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will direct your path.”
– Proverbs 3:5-6
Maybe we need a new GIGO equation. GOD’s word IN, GREAT life (one that brings God glory and does good for others) OUT
Watch our Song of the Day, Voice Of Truth video