Some Thoughts About Spam

This morning, I switched my computer on and did a bit of clearing up. 

I was amazed at how much rubbish had got on there.  We have a name for that rubbish, it is known as “Spam”.

I remember Spam (I think you can still buy it in) and I used to quite like it, when I was a kid, the name is supposed to have come from either Shoulder Pork and hAM or SPiced hAM.  Nobody is really that sure.  I can remember having to peal open the can using a key hoping against hope that the tin  strip would peal back and not snap.  Then I could enjoy a really healthy meal of “spam fritters and chips” or putting it into sandwiches extra thick!

I suppose spam lost something of its magic for me when the Monty Python team did their famous sketch.  The restaurant where every meal contained Spam and the Vikings in the background singing

Spam spam spam spam

Wonderful spam lovely Spam

If you haven’t got a clue what I am talking about, I suggest you search it on the internet!

It’s this constant repetition of the word spam that is thought to be the origins of the computer term for the constant repetition of e-mails or comments posted (usually by a bot).  They want to entice you to click on a link to goodness knows where on the internet, although I suspect goodness has little to do with it!

This got me thinking about the way that our lives are constantly bombarded with information and messages that demand our attention.  I think there are so many that, we almost become oblivious to them.  In some cases, the temptation to “click on the link” is so strong that we have been dragged into places that it would be better that we did not go.

Perhaps, like me cleaning up my computer, we need to do that with our lives at times.  The Psalmist says;

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.                                                       See if there is any wicked way in me,                                                                                                                      and lead me in the way everlasting.                                                                                                                  (Psalm 139 vs. 23 – 24)

Why not take the opportunity today, to come to God and clear away some of the Spam in your life?



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