I just got done reading James Allen's As A Man Thinketh. The book itself (more like a pamphlet) was a thought-provoking read that I don't recommend to glean Biblical wisdom on the thought life, but I do recommend it to stir yourself to think about the principal that your life will reflect your thoughts. What I want to do in this post is to do a 'spin-off' of Allen's book. In the same way that your life will reflect your thoughts, your internet history reflects your heart. How? Three ways:
Your Internet History Tells A Story
Your internet history tells a story. Maybe a story of bitterness and pain. Maybe a story of greed and want. Maybe a story of grace and perseverance. Whatever it may be, understand that what you looked up on your computer (tablet, phone, etc.) this week tells a story about you. Are you looking for something to fulfill you? Are you longing for pleasure? Are you living to get more 'stuff'? With every entry into the URL bar, you are writing a story.
Your Internet History Is A Mirror
The sites that you have been on, the words you have searched, the things you have clicked on all act as a mirror. They show you yourself. For the person constantly looking to buy more stuff that they don't need, they are met with the stark reality that their spending and desire for things is out of control. For the person who clicks on the porn site, they can't help but realize they are a slave to their own desires. For the one who can't stop looking at social media, they know deep down they are addicted. Our internet history's show us ourselves. Who does your internet history say you are?
Your Internet History Shows You Your Heart
At the end of the day, your internet history reveals your heart. It shows what you desire, treasure, and long for. It shows what you delight in, want, and think about. Think about what you looked up yesterday. Are the sites you visited glorifying to God and revealing a red hot passion for God? Or are the sites you are looking up showing that something is better than God? Friends, there is hope. Place your faith in Christ. Look to Him to be the all-satisfying joy in your life. Surround yourself with people who want the same thing and confess your shortcomings. Make it your aim to seek after Him with your whole heart (119:1-2). Let's have our internet history's reflect the glory of God and His greatness.
I am a Husband to Clarissa, Pastor at Liberty Baptist Church, reader of many books, and tweeter at @brad_merchant.