I Was Resistant At First, But...
I’ve had Covenant Eyes for years now but at the beginning I was resistant to putting it on my technology. I quickly discovered that my resistance was because it meant being held accountable for where I go on the internet. That was 11 years ago.
Today I will tell you, and anyone that listens, how Covenant Eyes has drastically changed my heart toward internet accountability. It's one of the best things I have ever done to stay committed to walking in purity and sobriety, especially as I have sought healing in my mind, soul and body. Not only does the software prevent me from accessing websites I used to frequent, but their services have helped me develop my walk with God by surrendering my heart, mind, imaginations and my spirit to Him.
I have never regretted having Covenant Eyes and it will remain a part of my life for as long as is possible. I highly recommend anyone who deals with problems related to internet pornography to allow Jesus to have this area of their lives too. The men I have encouraged to do so, have been experiencing a greater measure of freedom they hadn't thought possible.
Today is the day, so what are you waiting for? Let's walk in Freedom!!
Accountability Software Helps Keep Me Sober
C. Joseph Thiessen
I’ve long had a love/hate relationship with pornography. I discovered my brother’s hidden stash when I was 7 or 8 years old. Knowing it was hidden meant I, too, should keep both his, and my secret under wraps. That exposure coupled with my curious nature has made it tough for me to break away from the resulting addictive grasp pornography can have on a person.
Fast forward to my years on staff of a Christian ministry. One of my many responsibilities is keeping computers running in the office. Let me just say, that working with computers is a great joy. I love learning how they work and how better to use them for the work our office does. Because of this, the fine line between safe and unsafe was troublesome for me.
We already were using Covenant Eyes in our office to bring a feeling of security when it comes to browsing the internet. While this was good, I needed something more. A few years later, I petitioned my boss to have a filter applied to my computer which would allow us to submit a list of websites that should be blocked at all costs.
Since that time, many more sites have been added to the block list. Sometimes the domains have been hard to part from. One such domain was google.com. That’s right; I blocked Google entirely. I had come to this conclusion after more than a year of trying to figure out how to make their services safer for me, but I couldn’t come up with an answer. Additionally, I’ve blocked image search engines. Thankfully, this leaves me with a small handful of search capability so I can research things to get my work done.
I’m thankful that Covenant Eyes has grown and improved their product over the years. I use their software on my smartphone and I’m much safer because of it and able to be productive at the same time. Their accountability reports tell a helpful story to those who receive them.
Truthfully, I am thankful that filtering software exists. Without it, I would still be languishing in my sin but today I am waxing strong in who I am as a Christian. Rather than wallowing in condemnation, I am more clear to pursue the freedom God has given me and having Covenant Eyes has helped me toward that goal.