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Don't Take the Bait

Thursday, January 31, 2019

So I was looking at my email and to the right I see an advertisement for swimwear from a company I have never clicked on. The thought occurred to me that the WEB sees everything. The WEB has been watching my searches, knows my history of likes and dislikes. It has processed that data and has used it to create the perfect, personalized fishing lure just for me.

This is no secret. But a parallel thought quickly came into view...that's what Satan does. He studies me. He gathers info. And he uses the gathered info to customize my bait.

Such as the negative thoughts I might have to 'just give up', or 'I just can't do it!' All along I'm thinking 'those are my thoughts', especially since I have heard them forever:( Isn't it more likely that they are pop ups from the depths of hell that I repetitively click on?
If so, perhaps I can process those negative pop ups differently. I can delete them with the truth button...'I will not give up for I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.' Same goes for the lie that 'I just can't do it!' I can do it with help from God and those who come alongside of me. Maybe I just need to ask for help or maybe I need to click 'unsubscribe'
Then there are the advertisements for a work related holiday party or billboards showcasing thin people eating at buffets. I start feeling sorry for myself because it looks like the whole world gets to enjoy eating without the consequences of obesity.
That is a big fat rubber worm on a hook if there ever was one. I know the truth first hand that there are consequences to eating more than I need to nourish my body.

These are just a couple of the ways negative and deceitful pop ups in my personal space affect my journey towards health and happiness. All pop ups are intrusive, invasive and without conscience. Why should I subscribe to them? Why should I gobble that bait and end up miserable because of it.

This just makes me more determined to be knowledgeable about what I want (and don't want) ,as I pursue health and wellness.
Knowing the truth about where I'm headed and why, will keep me from clicking on and believing the lies that entrap and derail me. I know the Bible has truth that can help me unsubscribe to a lot of negative thinking. I have also found there to be various articles here on Sparkpeople that have helped me navigate through the new areas of diabetes and heart health. What I have learned so far has caused me to spit out the lure of self denial.

Apparently I've embraced the above parallel and have concluded that I need to be wise enough to discern a rubber worm from the real thing, and then decide whether it is even worth the eating of it.

Just a thought.
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