Just like any other guy I know, I am vulnerable to temptation in this area. And especially because of the amount of time I spend online, I have built up a series of roadblocks to help keep myself on course and keep my mind focused the right things. I thought I’d post some of those here in case others might find the list helpful.
Limiting Suggestive Media – Let’s face it, there’s a ton of junk out there that can get our minds going in the wrong direction. I’m careful about the books I read, the movies and shows I watch, the music I listen to, and even the apps I have on my iPhone, which leads me to the next point….
Blocked iPhone Applications – I’m one of the only people I know that’s never used Safari on my iPhone, so I know this makes me very strange. When I bought the phone, the first thing I did was hand it over to my wife and show her to lock the Safari and YouTube applications. For a long time, I wasn’t able to browse the internet at all on my iPhone, until I found a terrific free filtered browser for the iPhone….
Filtered Internet – Both my home PC and my iPhone have filtered internet. The cool part is that I’ve found good free software for both. For the PC, I use K9 Web Protection, and for the iPhone, I use Mobicip. If you haven’t tried these, you really need to check them out. (I also use the AdBlock Plus plugin for Firefox on my work and home computers to get rid of almost all internet ads.)
Accountability – All the other things are helpful, but alone they’re not enough. I need people who I can count on when I’m facing temptation, who know my weaknesses, who will graciously shine the light of truth into my life, and who will hear my confession to God, if I give into sin. I have about a dozen of these awesome people in my life (including my wife).
In this sin-saturated world, I really desire to walk in purity. I want to be totally committed to God and be careful about what I hear and see.
“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” – Phil 2:13