It used to be two things- not three, so I’ll mention them first.
Wallet and Keys
Do you ever kinda pat yourself down just to make sure your wallet or keys are on your person? I do. Imagine (or remember) the panic that struck you if your wallet and/or keys were not where they belong.
Add that to the list. A missing cell phone is cause for unbridled panic.
These three items are life essentials. They are our security. But they are not a part of us. That’s why we have to keep checking to make sure we have them.
Detour – Science To The Rescue
With the age of computers came username and passwords. We use them every day and seemingly all day. It’s a mundane part of our daily lives. Our username and password credentials are digital keys – no different than their analog counterparts found on our key rings. Here’s a way we can incorporate God’s word into our daily digital lives:
Simple idea, but it’s really helped me!
Information Technologist soon realized that there is a weakness in username/password credentials. They can be hacked or phished!
Two Factor Authentication
In response to hacking and phishing, Information Technology departments have introduced two factor authentication
- Something you KNOW (username and password)
- Something you HAVE (a physical object)
One example of how this works is the text message that is sent to you with a special token to be entered on a website to make SURE you are who you say you are. It’s based on the idea that while anyone might have (or hack) your username and password, only YOU would have your cell phone too.
But even that has weaknesses. In the near future, you will log in using biometrics. This adds a third layer to the authentication challenge
- Something you ARE – in other words, a part of you
Fingerprint or retina scanners are going to become part of the daily digital landscape. It’s pretty solid because those are not easily faked or hacked.
What’s My Point?
In order to rely on life essentials, they must always be available. In other words, become a part of us!
These words were penned some 2000 years ago, but they are as relevant today as they were then. Just like our keys, wallet and cell phone – the word of God is a life essential. It cannot be something we just carry around. It’s not enough to just “know” it. It must become a part of us.
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