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Input leads to outcome

Pastor Mark

Remember life before Windows? Not the ones we look through but the program we use to operate our computers.

Life before windows required one to type the many DOS commands directly into our computers to make them do what we wanted. This was often frustrating because computers do not operate on an "almost" principle; everything had to be exact, and in the correct sequence. For we who prefer generalizations, this was a problem. Yet I discovered that computers are only as accurate as the information provided by the operator. If the input is correct, the output will be also. If the input is wrong, well … good luck!

George Fuechsel, an early computer programmer and instructor, coined the acronym GIGO in regards to this reality. It stands for "Garbage In, Garbage Out" and is widely known in the computer industry.

You may not know the first thing about operating a computer, but I am sure you know all about GIGO. We have all suffered the consequences of a decision made on faulty information. Bad input caused worse results.

The Proverb writer had some sound recommendations when it comes to decision making. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

If God is the source of our input, we need not worry about the outcome. With this I would suggest an alternate meaning to GIGO – "God in, God out."

Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.