The Covenant and the Thief

Imagine this. You leave your teenage son or daughter home while you go to the grocery store for a few items. You are only gone for 30 minutes; however, during that time, a thief opens the door to your home, enters in, and attacks your child. It happens every day.

An innocent search on a search engine results in a displayed image of a woman with barely any clothes on. Rather than clicking the back button, your child curiously clicks the image. The trap was set, your child was caught. You arrive home and hit the horn announcing your arrival. Your child frantically closes the browser to avoid being caught. The image, unfortunately, is burned into his mind and soon, his heart.

For all you know, there is no issue at home. Everybody is fine. You and yours regularly attend church. You hear the Lego Movie playing in the background, “Everything is Awesome!” The thief, on the other hand, remains inside the house, hiding, and waiting. The intruder, described in John 10:10, comes to kill, steal, and destroy. The thief comes to break covenants.

What exactly is a ‘covenant?’ A covenant is an agreement. It is a promise. It is the ultimate pinkie swear that counts, forever. It should never break. It should remain intact.

A couple of months ago, my friend and I were talking about protecting our kids from such a thief found on the internet. He recommended Covenant Eyes, an accountability software, and service. Throughout the day, it monitors internet activity (desktop and mobile) and provides an accountability report to the person or person(s) chosen to receive such a report. You can even add filtering to block the bad stuff.

I probably spent a good two weeks considering the service. Would it be worth it? Would it be a good investment? What do others say about it? For a flat rate of $14.99 per month, I can set up every member of my family and install on every device in our home (including cell phones.) Each family member receives their account and can add their accountability partners. Remembering the intent of the thief, I signed up. I must admit, it was one of the better decisions I’ve made in my life.

My wife and I, by default, receive accountability reports for our kids. We receive daily reports on their internet activities. Neither of the kids can remove the software or disable the software from their device without a unique passcode.

Though I don’t have a problem, it keeps me honest, so there’s no room for secrecy about what’s happening online. At any time, my wife, or other accountability partners can see what I am doing online. They are there to hold me accountable.

If you are married, and you have the internet at home, you need this (even if you don’t have a problem.) Rumor is that 70% of men have a problem. Men, why not give your wife the piece of mind that you are not in the majority?

If you have kids at home, you need this (even if the Lego Movie is playing in the background.) The thief is real.

To learn more about Covenant Eyes, CLICK HERE. <– NOTE: My link offers a free month of our services to anyone that signs up.

One thought on “The Covenant and the Thief

  1. Such a good post Scott! Thankful for men who are willing to be held accountable for their actions to others. Your son will one day look back and see what a proactive father you were and in return appreciate it when he meets his wife It is important with today’s technology to be aware of what things our children see when we are not around. They are required to do so much homework and “research” that temptation is at the door always waiting for them to fall.

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