Today I was thinking about unwanted thoughts. I know that sounds weird or maybe even like an oxymoron. I don’t know about anybody else but I sometimes get frustrated when I find myself thinking about things that are completely wrong or unnecessary. I prayed at that moment for God to remove these thoughts or tell me how I can remove them. Some of those thoughts are hurtful, some are sad, some are embarrassing and some are just plain silly wastes of time.
Ok it may seem like I am going on a tangent but stay with me. I just sent out my computer to be rebuilt. It’s wild as I think about it because I’m having a 250-gigabyte hard drive installed. When I first got this computer it had what I thought was a huge hard drive at the time, which was 60 gigabytes. For those of you who may not know a gigabyte is a measurement stating the capacity of a drive to hold information. As a case in point this document you are reading is roughly about 24 kilobytes which means I would have to type around 44,000 documents like this one to equal 1 gigabyte. Can you imagine how many documents like this I would need to fill 250 gigabytes? Being a music producer in this modern era means we don’t store music on tape using tape machines. We now use hard drives to store music.
The full production of each of my songs takes up 3 to 5 gigs or gigabytes per song. Trust me I have a lot of songs. I also store other things on these drives like videos, other music programs, pictures, lyrics and other documents which all take up lots of gigs. This forced me to have to use external drives because the internal drive wasn’t big enough. They now even have Terabyte drives. A Terabyte is 1,024 gigabytes. Wow! Well, God understood this concept of storage so he created this storage device called the brain. Much like other drives it stores information, holding on to all kinds of things. The brain stores pictures, movies, TV shows, music, ideas and more. It’s funny how man thinks he invented something. The most any man can do is recreate a lesser version of what God has already created.
Well, back to my prayer about getting rid of unwanted data or in other words unwanted thoughts. God gave me an answer to this issue. I sensed as I was praying God reminding me about a conversation I had with 2 guys in the tech field. We were talking about hard drives. I mentioned how I had heard that there is no real way to erase a hard drive. One guy mentioned that there was this type of digital forensics that allows people to find anything on a hard drive because it is very difficult and almost impossible to erase any information stored or deleted. Anything can be recovered because it is still there. It may take digging but it is still there. So every website that is ever searched, every document typed whether deleted or not is on the hard drive, every picture deleted or not is still there. The other guy happens to head up an Information Technology department. Within this conversation the I.T. guy hit me with a bombshell. He said that the only way to erase a hard drive is to completely fill it with new information. This became visual for me. I imagined information being added and pushing unwanted information off the edge of the drive. That was a revelation to me.
The random unwanted thoughts I was thinking about were there because I was not filling my hard drive with enough good information to push the bad stuff off. Unhealthy thoughts were just sitting on the drive. The hard drive in my old computer is being thrown out and I am transferring the useful data to my new hard drive in my new rebuilt computer. The bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17; Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. In other words when I became a Christian I was rebuilt and given an eternal size memory with the keys to unlock more of my enormous hard drive. But any drive has space in it. In order to get rid of unwanted data or thoughts on my “brain-drive” I must do what it says in Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.