The Spam Invasion
The other day I missed an important message in my email. Part of the problem was what I call the spam invasion. Spam in email talk is unwanted and unsolicited emails that are sent at random and find a home in your email. In my case the spam emails were all around the important one and contributed to me overlooking what I needed to look at. So how and why do we get so many spam emails?
Let us suppose that you built a very unique mouse trap. Let’s say that your mouse trap caught mice faster and could trap several of them at once. Have you ever heard the saying that “you can build the worlds best mousetrap but if no one knows it, it doesn’t do any good?” Well that is the case of anything even if it is a multi-million dollar idea. Mary Kay Ash said that “ideas are a dime a dozen, people who implement them are priceless.” I’m reminded of a commercial encouraging people to send in their invention ideas. Someone saw the clapper which was a system attached to a light where all you had to do was clap your hands to turn it on. “Hey, that was my idea”, they sadly proclaimed.
People that have ideas to make money want to get them out in the public. Usually the cost would be enormous. That is where spam mail can help. You send your 100 friends or people that you know their emails this email. “Kill more mice in less time” and send it their way. Let’s say that 5 our of 100 buy your mouse trap. You get thinking that if you sent out 100 emails and 5 bought if you could send out 1,000 or 10,000 what would sales look like? The only problem is that you don’t know of any more email addresses. Good news…there are companies out there that will sell you email addresses. You decide to pay the fee and get your addresses and you are in the spam email business. Multiply this by the hundreds of people trying to get their idea out there at a reasonable price and it is no wonder we get so many spam emails.
Years ago there was a different spam invasion. You see the original spam product is meat that was packaged by a company called Hormel. Invented in 1937 it involved taking pork shoulder meat and combining it with ham, salt, water, sugar, and using sodium nitrate as a preservative. The contents were packaged air tight in a can and the meat remained fresh. Spam could be eaten cold or could be heated up as desired. The need for such a product came to the fore front in World War II. Spam became a main food for the U.S. Army and other armies. During WWII and the occupations that came after Spam was introduced in Guam, Hawaii, Okinawa, the Philippines , and other islands in the Pacific. Over 150 million pounds of Spam was purchased by the military before the war ended. Here at home Spam became a big hit too because of it’s expanded shelf life, affordability, and convenience. 3.8 cans of Spam were consumed per second in the United States in the 90’s. Spam is especially popular in Hawaii as it consumes more Spam per capital than any other state.
What is it about the word spam that made it the description for unwanted emails. Well let’s start with the description of Spam again. Spam was convenient and fast. Spam was not the best meat or the most healthy meat you could eat. Spam was easy to transport because it was packaged so efficiently. Spam made Hormel into a world known company that today employs 20,700 people and has annual sales of 9.16 billion dollars. In the same way spam email has been the start of many successful companies today.
I was thinking about this spam email invasion and realized that it works the same way in our walk with God. How many times have you wanted to have a closer walk with God but something gets in the way? Like how spam email got in the way of my important message the enemy uses his spam to get our mind off what is really important in life. You look at things that are top priorities in our lives that we might be ashamed to admit. A job, a house, things, sports, money, power, admiration, and even our families are put right at the top of our list of important things in life. All of these things I listed are temporary. The enemy uses these things to get our eye off what we are really here for.
The number one thing that we should all be concerned about is where we will spend eternity. While all of those other concerns are here today and gone tomorrow eternity lasts forever. Yet today the spam invasion lives in our lives. Our mind goes from one thing to another in a quest of the temporary form of happiness. The cheap spam ads are all around us and penetrate our minds. The more we let in the more they take control of us. Over time we are controlled by desires of material success, fame, or whatever else the spam ads are pushing us into.
There is an alternative to the cheap spam that comes into our lives every day. The solution is a deep relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus was God but came into this world to die for your sins and mine. He is the only way to eternal life. While spam in our lives tries to hide the message it is there. We need to take the spam out of our lives. Filter it out as we would use a filter in our emails. You know the filter that puts those emails into junk. Even with a filter some spam emails get through. Spammers have become efficient at wording things and disguising their emails so that our filters do not catch them. They end up cluttering our list and important emails can still be missed. The same is true in the messages that are thrown at us every day.
The solution to our dilemma is to use a much stronger filter. We need to give ourselves completely to God and let him be our filter of what to do with things that come our way. He alone can give us peace and happiness. He alone can give us eternal life. His message is out there in your hearts email. Peal away the spam that the enemy has placed in your heart and you will find it. When you do you will see clearly the jewel in a world of spam.