Do you have a favorite website or two that you like to visit? There are so many interesting websites nowadays!
You can learn and play and even watch TV on your computer. These are all things that kids only dreamed about doing just a few years ago! There is a wonderful Bible verse that makes me think of computers:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)
Computers are pretty new things. It wasn’t too long ago that people began using computers in their homes. I sometimes wonder how I made it all the way through college without a computer! But, computers aren’t perfect. They often have “bugs” that computer programmers have to fix to make the computers work properly again. This is called “debugging” the machine.
Now, this is interesting! The reason computer problems are called bugs goes back to when the very first computers were being made. One day, a group of programmers was working on a computer, and they had a problem. They tried to fix it, and when they opened up the computer they found the answer!
A moth had gotten stuck deep inside. The moth, a bug, was causing all of their problems. Well, after that, the programmers called all their computer problems “bugs.” And when they fixed the computer they said they were debugging it. That little moth created a whole new meaning to the word bug.
Our Bible verse in the book of Psalms is a prayer that we can say to God—our Programmer. “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.”
God wants to help us, and if we ask Him, He will debug us! Why do we need debugging? Well, we all have bugs (sin) and problems. Bugs are just part of being born into—and living in—this sinful world. God wants to look deep inside you and me to help find the bugs. He wants to get rid of them forever and make us clean and new.
If you haven’t already, ask God to come into your heart today. Ask Him to debug you, and make it a wonderful new day—a new day with Jesus!

                                                                                              --Jean Boonstra
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