It is an unfortunate side effect of our modern era that nearly everything you do requires a password.  I just checked my password manager and it is presently remembering 308 online passwords for me.  My guess is that you probably have over 100 that you have to deal with.

Experts tell us that one of the biggest risks we face is inadequate passwords.  If someone can guess your password, then they can do all sorts of bad things to you – from making unauthorized purchases to eventually stealing your identity.

I did a quick google and found a list of the “most common passwords”.  This site did a survey of password leaks and tallied up the passwords that occurred most commonly in those leaks.  Here are the top ten on the list:

  1. 123456
  2. 123456789
  3. qwerty
  4. password
  5. 12345
  6. qwerty123
  7. 1q2w3e
  8. 12345678
  9. 111111
  10. 1234567890

Are you using one of these?  Multiple of these?  If so, you should change your password for sure.

But why not make your passwords a source of spiritual renewal?

For over a year now I’ve been using Bible verse references as a source of passwords.  It works really well.  They hit all the key points of a strong password:

  • Upper Case Letters
  • lower case letters
  • Special Characters (:)
  • Numerals

I pick a verse that means something to me.  Perhaps I want to focus on being thankful.  So I choose a verse that talks about thanks. For example: 1 Chronicles 16:34.

That’s a good one because it’s long and pretty complicated.  I modify it slightly to remove all the spaces:  1Chronicles16:34

There you have it.

  • A long password
  • A suitably complex password
  • A password that will remind me to be thankful every time I type it.
  • And since it’s a verse that means something to you, it’s easy to remember!

Take a moment and think of verses that encourage you or remind you of important spiritual truths.  Each of these could become a password and be more prominent in your life.

It’s a little trick that can bring outsized results.

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