GIGO: Garbage In/Garbage Out?


This is a delightful acronym that comes to us via the computer programing world.  It references the concept that the out comes from any computer program are only as valid as the input data.  If we put garbage in, we can only expect that we will be getting garbage out.

As I have contemplated this truth, I have started to see that it applies to all of life. As I look at every aspect of my life, I see this principle at work.

My body is a very sophisticated machine and if I want it to operate well, I need to think about the things that I am putting into it and the things I am doing to it. Today, I am keenly aware that the food I eat, the exercise I do and the sleep I get all affect my energy and my quality of life.  But this truth not only applies to the physical aspect of this machine called; me.  It also applies to the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of my life and therefore, my well being.  The quality of my life is greatly dependent upon the inputs that I allow into my system.

We have been provided with a growth paradigm.  In Luke 2:52, we are told that Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.  As I think about what it means to grow in these four quadrants, I realize that my growth will be dependent upon what I put into my system.  We are encouraged to not allow the world to squeeze us into its mold but to let God remold our minds from within.  How does that happen?  It does not happen without healthy inputs.

To be successful in my growth plan I must learn to edit my inputs.  I must learn to say no to that which will slow me down and keep me from being the person I have been called to be.  I must choose to focus on that which will allow me to move toward excellence, to move toward being vibrantly alive.

Maybe, the critical question for each of us this day: What are we putting into our system?  With what you are putting in, is it reasonable to think that you will be living life to the fullest? What do you need to say No to?  How will this allow you to say yes to the critical inputs that will transform your life into a Hallelujah?

You and I are called to live a life that is a hallelujah, from head to toe.

Go For It!


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4 thoughts on “GIGO: Garbage In/Garbage Out?

  1. Dick,
    I think one of the significant inputs into the mental, spiritual, and emotional part of our lives is the people we surround ourselves with and whether or not we allow them to speak truth into our lives. Thanks for speaking truth into my life. Hallelujah!

    • Bruce, I definitely agree!I am intrigued with who I ‘allow’ to speak into my life and why. I think my commitment to growth & my willingness to humbling learn are key to my ability to hear.
      Thanks for being in my life.
      Cheers, D