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What Are You Looking At?

Daily Devotional for September 27, 2016

Read: Philippians 4:6-9

Bible version changes do not affect the Key audio or "Today's Key Verse," below.

"Whatcha doing, Trev?" Trevor jumped as he quickly clicked to a different tab on his computer.

"Nothing, Dad. Just looking up something for homework."

His father looked at him curiously, but then he said, "Well, supper's almost ready. Come set the table."

Trevor's fingers trembled as he clicked out of the tabs on his computer. His heart raced as he went to help his dad.

Everything seemed normal during supper, but he still felt nervous and wondered what his dad had seen. After devotions, Trevor started to leave, but Dad's voice stopped him. "Hey, Trevor, help me wash these dishes, okay?"

Trevor tried to act natural. "Sure, Dad." He grabbed a towel. To his surprise, Dad grabbed a plate, dipped it in the soapy water and set it in Trevor's side of the sink. He dipped another one and set it on top of the first one. Trevor finally said something. "Dad! What are you doing? Those aren't clean! You have to wipe off the food!"

"Oh! I do? A few specks of food won't hurt any of us. Just rinse and dry them." He kept passing the dirty dishes.

"We can't eat off dirty plates! You have to wash them!" Trevor put the plates back into the dishwater, frustrated with his father's behavior.

"You're right." Dad wiped off a plate and handed it to Trevor. "Is that better?"

"Yes. Finally! Why were you doing that?"

"Well," Dad said, "I think you have some cleaning up to do in your heart. I saw what was on your computer."

"You did? I'm sorry. My friend was looking at some bad sites, and he showed me. The first time I just looked for a couple of minutes, but then I kept going back and looking again. I won't do it anymore!"

"Trev, when you look at websites like that it can become an addiction that's tough to break. It's going to take some hard work. Understand?"

"Yes, Dad. I'm sorry. I don't want to look, but I'm afraid I'll look anyway."

"We'll get you help, Trev. Now, let's pray and ask God for help, okay?" Robyn Mulder

The Internet has many good things to offer, but it also has many sites that are bad. If you’ve gotten into the habit of looking at bad sites, talk to someone and get help before it becomes an addiction. God tells us to think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Set your mind on God by spending time reading your Bible and talking to Him.

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 101:3 (KJV)
I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me.
*Verse displayed is NKJV

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