Password

Your password will expire in 14 days.  Your password must contain a letter, a number, a special character and be at least eight characters long.  Your password must be updated.  You may not use any of the last ten passwords.

Have you been plagued by any of these messages lately?  I have a confession to make.  Even after all the news reports of websites being hacked, I have basically been using the same password for nearly the last 25 years.  It was given to me by my advisor during the summer between my freshman and sophomore  year.  Oh, wait, that makes it 28 years old.  No wonder I can type it so well.  But I digress.  I was doing some work for the chemistry department and needed to access a shared account.  Sadly they changed the password soon after the next semester started.  But still I use some twist of that same password.

But then I saw a story, probably on the Today show or the nightly news.  In case you missed it, How a password changed my life.  The publicized part was that he changed his password to Forgive@h3r and it helped him forgive his ex-wife.

Well, I don’t have an ex to forgive but I have been meaning to getting around to someday maybe memorizing some Bible verses.  I never bothered to put any effort toward memorizing any verses during Sunday school as a child.    Since then I have just sort of told myself that that isn’t one of my gifts.  Well, it was time to stop making excuses.  So I found a verse, turned it into an acronym and tried it.  It works.  I am on my second one.  So, I will only learn one verse every sixty days, or however often they make us change are password at work, but it is a start.  And it entertains me, looking for a verse with a positive message that I need to hear in my brain several times a day when I type it.  Try it.  It works.