My life is pretty much an open book. I have written about my personal experiences for years now. I have no deep dark connections to anything illegal or illicit, and I only post information on Facebook that I don’t mind the world seeing.
I don’t search the Internet for things about which I am ashamed, but I do make some personal searches that are certainly my own business and no one else’s.
That being said, I am not too naïve to think that what I do on the Internet is private; I know it is not.
However, I was incensed the other day when I received a particular phone call. My cellphone rang — yes it was my cell not my home phone, and even though I did not recognize the phone number, I answered anyway.
It turned out that I was being called by “One of the nation’s premier companies that helps people find their dream jobs.”
OK, so far just a nuisance call, right? But the recording went on to state that “it” had noticed that I recently did a “search for jobs on the Internet,” and this company would be “pleased to help me.” I was then instructed to “press one” for a representative.
I hung up. I was angry. Not only did they get into my private business, but somehow they had my cell number — a number that is not on my Facebook account or anywhere else. Chalk up another one for naiveté.
I don’t know why I was so mad. Then again, I do. I feel like I live in a society where nothing is private anymore. Cameras are all over the place recording so much of what goes on the world, from our driving habits to what store we enter to where we walk along certain streets.
I know that the cameras have helped in criminal investigations and maybe even helped to find lost people, but when you stop to think about it, it can also seem pretty creepy. Even with nothing to hide, it still bugs me, and that is why the phone call irritated me so much.
But all this watching and prying into our lives can have positive results, too. I know I always keep to the speed limit, especially on certain streets, and, although not inclined to do so anyway, I will never even be tempted to throw trash on the highway or dump anything by the side of the road. I guess cameras may help some of us to be better citizens — or at least better drivers.
Yet, in this world, there is another kind of scrutiny that matters far more than any other kind, and we are all under this special and constant watch.
It is a surveillance that sees everything we do, right down to every breath we take. It is the eye of God who keeps us in his sight and knows us through and through. It is what we do in God’s eyes that matters the most in life.
So on the roads I make sure not to speed; I don’t want a camera taking my picture and a ticket arriving in the mail. But whatever a traffic camera may record, it is of limited significance compared to what behaviors are seen by God. Those are the actions of which I need to be most mindful and choose most carefully.
Good driving yields no tickets and fewer accidents. Good living yields a happy, faithful, responsible life with God in our lives. Knowing we are living according to his will and behaving in accordance with his commandments make life more fruitful and happier, and readies us for our heavenly home.