17. GIGO or CICO

“You familiar with computers?” Stan asked me.

“Oh, I know how to do most things on them, but I am lost if something goes wrong,” I responded.

“Sounds about like me,” he said.

“Why do you ask?”

“Well, there was (maybe still is) an expression of ‘garbage in garbage out’ that is shorthand for saying a computer will only do what it is programmed to do.  It has the short name of GIGO.”

“If the program is garbage, in that it is no good, that is what the program is going to produce.”

“I have never programmed a computer,” I responded, “but I am familiar with the term.  What’s the point?”

“One morning during my time with God,” Stan began, “it became very clear to me that I am just like a computer.”

“In what way?”

“If I allow garbage into my mind, garbage is likely to come out.  If I concentrate on negative thinking, negative words are most likely going to come out of my mouth.  And so on.  I think you can agree with that.”

“Sure can.  Or as the expression goes, ‘been there, done that.’ Do you have a way for dealing with it?”

“CICO,” was Stan’s response.

“What’s that?”

“It’s a term that was given to me, it that stands for ‘Christ in Christ out.”

“Or you could call it GIGO” I joined in, “for God in God Out.”  That’s better than the original meaning of GIGO!”

“Exactly!” Stan responded with a big smile.  “What I put into my mind determines what is going to come out of my mouth, and it determines what my actions are going to be.”

“If my mind is filled with thoughts of Christ, He is going to be manifested in what I think, say, and do.  And the only way I can have the mind of Christ is to know what it is and to concentrate on it being an intimate part of me.”


We have the mind of Christ.  1 Corinthians 2:16.

Prayer:  Lord, you know my mind.  You know the difficulty I have in allowing into my mind only what you want.  I need and ask for your help in guarding what I allow my focus to be.  Please help me to focus only on you and what you have for me to be and to do.  Amen.

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