Know Thyself

July 25, 2008

Over the last three or four days, I’ve come to believe that I must not really know myself.  Or, at least, that’s what several websites that I’ve tried to log onto would have me believe. 

“Invalid User ID or Password” is a message that I’ve been getting a lot lately.  Oh, it would be understandable if ALL of them were websites I rarely use, but two were websites that I am on almost daily.  That’s when it started to get frustrating.

I entered my ID again.  And again.  And, well, you get the idea.

Same message both times.  Same message five or six times.  Same message even if I changed the ID just in case I was confused.  Seems like no matter how many times I insisted that I knew myself, the website insisted that I was wrong.

I was not a happy camper!  If you could have measured the increase of force on the keyboard as I typed….  Oh, and if you had been nearby you might have wondered who I was having that animated conversation with at the time….

Eventually, I was logged on.  But not until I went through the process of answering security questions and having my ID’s sent to me.  When they came, well, let’s just say that, in at least one case, I didn’t know myself as well as I thought I did. 

In the Kingdom of God, we don’t always know ourselves as well as we think either.  It isn’t until life takes a twist, disaster strikes, health impairs, friends desert you, or you drive on I-285 in Atlanta, that you really know what you are made of inside. 

We would do well to examine ourselves carefully.  And when the trial comes, as it inevitably will, we can see who we really are. 

Psalms 139:23-24

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

And see if [there be any] wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.