Lately, I have noticed the numerous websites that offer a greater sense of security from hacking and privacy breaches by asking you to verify your identity in order to access the website. The techniques these websites use is to display a picture of scenery, such as a traffic background and then ask you to select the squares that have a car in them. One even asked me to select the squares that had a fire hydrant. Another asked me to select the squares that had traffic lights. The end goal is to prove that you are not a robot but actually are a person.
This is a great thought to affirm in each of us today. “I am not a robot”. I am a person.
Robots are predictable, systematic, and many people believe that robots will inevitably perform most of the work currently done by human beings. I am glad I am a person and not a robot.
There is an Amazon facility a few miles away from my hometown, Milwaukee. Today’s news reminded me of these perceptions. An Amazon warehouse robot accidentally punctured a can of bear repellent. Unfortunately, the accident released the ingredient that is also in pepper spray. As a result, multiple employees got sick and that portion of the plant was shut down. Robots make mistakes too, but probably not as many as people do.
God made each of us unique and in His own image. People are not robots, which means we will make more mistakes and God is okay with that. Genesis 1:27 says “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
The proof that we are people and not robots is our ability to have genuine emotions. But one similarity we have with robots is that we, too, can be broken. And like robots, there is an owner’s manual for repair for people. The Bible (God’s word) is our manual and God is the owner. He still fixes broken lives. If your life is out of whack, take it back to God, the owner and He will fix it.