Password Protected

PasswordWant an easy way to get more Bible into your head?

Change your computer password to your favorite Scripture reference. Then every time you sign in recite the verse until it’s stuck deep inside your brain. It may sound dumb but it works.

The first time I tried it, I went with 1Thess5:16, which says . . .

Be joyful always;
pray continually;
give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Keeping that verse in mind came in very handy throughout the day — especially when my computer kept crashing and I felt like saying something decidedly un-Bible-y. It also started some very interesting conversations with our IT guy that went something like this:

IT Guy: OK, what’d you do this time?

Me: I don’t know exactly. It froze up and then I hit a whole bunch of buttons and then everything started beeping and flashing. It was kind of scary.

IT Guy: It’s probably your javabooleanproxyencryptorectifier. I’ll need your password to log you in.

Me: It’s 1Thess5:16.

IT Guy: What kind of password is that?

Me: It’s a Bible verse. 1 Thessalonians 5:16.

IT Guy: Hmmm. What’s it say?

Me: Be joyful always, pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances — even when your computer blows up.

IT Guy: Hmmm. You always do seem strangely happy whenever you call me. Interesting . . .

My IT guy may not have run off and joined a church that instant but at least it was a start (and a whole lot more fun than talking about my apparent javabooleanproxyencryptorectifier problem).

A friend of mine started doing the same thing. He went with Matt7:7:

Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.

The possibilities are truly endless.

Got any similarly creative ways you use to connect with God throughout the day? I’d love to hear from you — leave a comment below or shoot me an email at

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