There are some things in life we would just like to believe don't really happen in this world of ours. One of them is hacking.
Yet another report yesterday that millions of names, addresses and passwords were "hacked" tells us that hacking really does happen in the real world. Other human beings actually plot, plan and execute ways to breach our security and tamper with our personal information and identities.
Look up recent stats and the truth is clear:
"Most statistics online say that three in every four people already have or will have their data compromised at some point in their lives. Plus 90% of all businesses will have already had data breached during the year....We're at the point now where any major company is vulnerable to hacking on a daily basis." (Hacker Statistics for 2013)
It's not safe to pretend hackers don't exist. Consequences can be catastrophic if identities get compromised.
I was thinking this morning that, in the same way, it would also be nice to believe we NEVER GET HACKED PERSONALLY.... HACKED INTERNALLY. Sure would be a nicer and better "Jeff's-world" if that was the case.
Unfortunately, like the online data version, our identities and inner health have the constant potential to be "hacked." We may lose our peace, our patience, our perspective our sense of purpose, our direction. We become less us and more someone else. On any given day, we might wonder, "Who IS that guy?" "Who is that woman?"
Here's the connection: it's not safe or sane to NOT address what's going on when our own souls or inner selves get hacked.
It's not reasonable to think that just doing nothing will be OK.
For a long time I thought that all that mattered was focusing on strengths, possibilities and positive thinking. Weaknesses, worries and wounds will just work themselves out. And besides, only weak people have those! I was wrong.
In the Bible, Paul, writing to an emerging leader, Timothy, strongly advises,
"Watch your life and your doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers." (I Timothy 4:10)
Challenging the thinking of those of us who would like to think that who we are inside does NOT affect those we influence, Paul's clear teaching: it really does.
Therefore: Guard against hackers! Ask, "how am I doing?" Ask: "What am I believing that's affecting others?" Your own life and those you impact is just too important.... especially being a leader.
You can't afford to ignore any signs of inner compromise and think it won't derail your dreams, your destiny or your mission....and those who watch and hear you.
Some possible "inner hacker signs" to take note of and seek healing from:
Loss of Passion
Loss of Hope
Sadly, the list could be longer. The good news: Healing is really possible! The bad news: if we don't actively take note and address those things, the compromise in our own soul's health and security will spill over.
Word to the wise: Watch your life and your real beliefs closely....
Prayer: God please heal those wounds and those inner "hackings" in leaders all over the place. The future is at stake.
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