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COPY AND PASTE NIGHTMARE

With the pandemic and social distancing forcing lots of free time on us these days, we are probably doing things we wouldn’t normally do. I certainly am. I’m spending lots of time on social media to see what others are doing to take the boredom out of the day-to-day grind. I bet many of you are doing the same thing.

If you are, I’m sure you’ve seen many posts on social media platforms asking you to “copy and paste” this or that to your timeline. I know someone I’ll refer to as Billy Bob who was reluctant to try, but some of his friends kept telling him it was easy. They encouraged him to take the plunge into the copy and paste pool—everybody is doing it, they said. It’s easy, Billy Bob.

Well, Billy Bob finally succumbed to peer-pressure—he decided to copy and paste something to his time line. Unfortunately, his decision turned into his worst nightmare. The following is Billy Bob’s NIGHTMARE that he wanted me to share in hopes of preventing others from becoming victims of a similar experience.

COPY AND PASTE NIGHTMARE

Billy Bob acknowledged that making the copy was the easy part—he used the copy machine at work to make a crisp, clean copy. It was after pasting the copy to his computer monitor that his nightmare began. When he pasted the message to his timeline, it completely covered his news feed on the screen—he could no longer scroll his news feed up or down on the monitor. He tried rebooting his computer many times, but that didn’t help resolve the problem.

Not knowing how to correct his problem, Billy Bob decided to call the Greek Dudes at the local Better Buy store for assistance. A dude named Darth Trader politely asked how he could help. Billy Bob told him he had copied and pasted some text to his social media timeline using a generous amount of Godzilla Glue. Billy Bob said Darth started laughing—uncontrollably—hysterically would probably be a better description of Darth’s euphoric outburst.

Finally, between belly laughs and snorts, Darth told Billy Bob that the Godzilla glue caused the problem. Darth said most people use Elmo’s glue when they copy and paste information to their social media timelines—Godzilla Glue is just much too strong.

Darth asked Billy Bob to bring his computer and monitor to the store and he’d help him the best he could. Billy Bob said Darth was still belly laughing at this point.

Feeling a bit frustrated, Billy Bob made the trip to the local Better Buy store with his computer system in hand and asked to speak to Darth. Darth came to the counter and started laughing when Billy Bob introduced himself. After a quick look at the monitor, Darth advised Billy Bob that the only way to correct the problem would be for him to buy a new monitor along with a new computer.

I have often suspected that Billy Bob wasn’t the sharpest thorn in the blackberry patch, but Darth’s suggestions sounded a bit strange—even to him. That’s when Billy Bob decided to check that truth or fiction internet website, SnoopyKnowsBest.

He asked Snoopy if copying and pasting to his social media timeline using Godzilla Glue was a bad idea.

The following is the response Billy Bob received from SnoopyKnowsBest:

Dude, are you serious?!? If you are, please stop

using a computer before you hurt someone!!!

With his ego deflated by Snoopy’s mind-numbing response, Billy Bob went back to see Darth at Better Buy and purchased a new $6,000 computer/monitor system. Darth even offered to discard Billy Bob’s old computer system at no charge. Billy Bob asked Darth what he was going to do with the damaged computer and monitor and Darth said, “Trust me, they’re worthless. Don’t worry about it. You’ll like your new system. Go home and copy and paste something again. If you have any more problems, I’ll be happy to help you again. I love customers like you.”

Billy Bob thanked Darth for his help and went home to setup his new computer system. I don’t know if he has ventured back into the copy and paste world though. In fact, I haven’t heard anything from Billy Bob in a week. I should probably give him a call to make sure he’s safe as the pandemic continues.

Be a blessing unto others, and please remember—don’t use Godzilla Glue when you copy and paste things to your social media timeline! Don’t do as Billy Bob did or you will be visiting Darth Trader in the near future!

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+++ MY FINAL THOUGHTS +++

If you’re smiling right now, bless you! Maybe you’ve crossed paths with someone like “Billy Bob” in your life also. Heck, you may even be wondering if this story is true?

They say confession is good for the soul, so with that in mind, I must confess that I’ve had a few “Billy-Bob” moments in my life. Hmmm, think about that, but be nice because I’m going to discuss a computer situation with Darth Trader tomorrow morning—hoping he can help me avoid a nightmare.

I pray you and yours stay safe and well during this pandemic and things return to “normal” very soon.

God bless each of you,

Tom Tatum – Author – 2020

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SEVEN LEVELS OF FAITH

The Coronavirus pandemic that’s spreading around the world is likely to challenge one’s faith in God. People of faith may even ask, “Why is God allowing this invisible enemy to infect us—to kill people?

Unfortunately, that is the wrong question. It is in times like this that our faith in God should grow even stronger because I believe God sends messages or “prompts” to us via people (family, friends, and strangers), gestures, things, nature, miracles, events, and tragedies. We accept and understand Him based on the level of faith we have, which can range from unquestioning faith (believing without seeing) to nonexistent faith (there is no God) per the following seven levels:

  1. Those who are not aware of God or His messages
  2. Those who say God doesn’t exist, making it impossible for “nothing” to send messages
  3. Those who can neither prove nor disprove God’s existence or His messages
  4. Those who follow a different god than that of Christians for reasons known only to them
  5. Those who think they are too busy and lack the time to listen to God’s messages
  6. Those who hear God’s messages and simply choose to ignore them for whatever reason
  7. Those who understand God’s messages and serve as modern-day disciples through their actions, deeds, and words (written and verbal)

God doesn’t force anyone to believe in, listen to, or follow Him. When a person hears about the God Christians follow, they have the right to choose whether they want to believe in Him and His messages. Christians who follow God’s teachings don’t seek to harm those who deny or choose not to believe, nor do they force their beliefs on others. They accept God’s grace as a gift given to all who choose to believe in Him; they don’t need proof of His existence in order to believe—they have true faith and want to spread God’s word to those in level 1.

Okay, so what’s the point here? It’s simple—each person is in one of the levels listed above. You may even have additional levels to add, which is fine. No matter how many levels of faith we list, no one is “stuck” in any level. We all have the ability to change.

Which level best describes your current situation?

Regardless of which level currently describes your situation, I encourage (do not demand) you to try learning something about those who live in level 7. It may change your life.

What do you have to lose?

John 20:29 (NIV) Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Blessings to all and may your faith grow stronger each new day.

Tom Tatum – Author 2020

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