What you see on the outside and what I see on the inside are not always the same. There is great potential if you are willing to listen and understand.
Below is a definition for something that takes time to describe. This little something is called an “algorithm.” Now I know that some of you are feeling a bit confused right about now, but wait and read closely. I am not a mathematician nor am I a scientist but I do know that algorithms are a very necessary part of filing on the internet.
“In mathematics and computer science, an algorithm is a step-by-step procedure for calculations. Algorithms are used for calculation, data processing, and automated reasoning.
More precisely, an algorithm is an effective method expressed as a finite list of well-defined instructions for calculating a function. Starting from an initial state and initial input (perhaps empty), the instructions describe a computation that, when executed, will proceed through a finite number of well-defined successive states, eventually producing “output” and terminating at a final ending state. The transition from one state to the next is not necessarily deterministic; some algorithms, known as randomized algorithms, incorporate random input.”
So, why bring this up? Getting the scripture into people cannot be simply be accomplished by cutting and pasting it onto your web pages. Seekers, those who do not know Christ, will not enter Bible scripture into a search box in order to find what you post.
I hope some of you are now asking, how do I witness effectively for Christ? Include the scripture but also include topics that seekers wish to read about, topics that address their felt needs or intellectual curiosity. Also be cautious about how you discuss these topics.
Oh. Did I hear one of these? Not everything that I post on this blog is intended for your reading alone. I love the choir folks, but I also have purposes for introducing some “odd” topics into your reading. I do this by selecting written content that sometimes can be a bit challenging but it is a legitimate practice on the internet.
How often do you think the name “Jesus” is typed into a browser by people on the internet? Let me help you here, billions of times daily or even minutely. Every one of you hopes to somehow reach people for Him, but you are using the same vocabulary, hence identical tag words and key word phrases.
Listen to me. I am not trying to confuse you; I am trying to use you for the very purpose that you are writing for Him but my methods are not always direct. When I am direct, I speak to you because those are the words you speak everyday. When I am indirect, I speak to those who seek because those are the words they use everyday.
I am putting them together in the same place for your mutual benefit. However, I must do this legitimately. I cannot lie about how it is accomplished because this conduct is frowned upon by search engines. In other words, when I say there is content here it must be true. I cannot ethically include tag words without including actual text or without somehow covering the topic with real content like pictures, quotes, poems etc.. There are some people who do this without a second thought but this is not what God wants from me. He wants me to conduct myself appropriately. He does not want me to offend those who create the algorithms to help folks find what they are interested in reading or downloading.
Try to remember that I am not the enemy. I love the Lord’s people very much. I am here giving up my living in a way that I can perhaps never recover within my time spent on earth. I am willing to let you use my time and energy but please try to understand that I have a family and obligations outside of cyberspace.
I know that all of you are different. I know that you have different culture, different skin color, different ways of expressing yourselves and have people chase you down and hurt your feelings. I know all of this, I have been there and “done that,” as my children would say. It’s okay, this is only a Christian clip art file and I’m only an ordinary mom, but I will help you because God loves you and He wants me to.
- Benchmarking Block-Swapping Algorithms (drdobbs.com)
- How To Best Learn About Algorithms In Depth (cs.stackexchange.com)
- Modified Djikstra’s algorithm (cs.stackexchange.com)
- Exact Algorithms from Approximation Algorithms? (part 2) (windowsontheory.org)
- Fork and join in Java 7 – JSR 166 concurrency utilities (javacodegeeks.com)
- Examples of sophisticated recursion (cs.stackexchange.com)
- Solving Problems (smashcs.wordpress.com)
- Computer Algorithms: Boyer-Moore String Searching (stoimen.com)
- Curation: The Human Touch vs. Algorithms (prnewswire.com)