Our diet is not exclusively the food we eat -- it's also the things we listen to, read, and watch; as well as the influence of the friends we hang around. We should be just as careful (if not more so) of the things we feed our minds as the food we put into our bodies.
The thoughts we choose to relish -- turning them over and over in our minds - should be filtered through Philippians 4:8 - "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." The verse doesn't mean that we can only consume "Christian" things. (Otherwise, how could our hearts be moved with compassion and spurred to good works by injustice, corruption, problems in our society, and troubling world affairs? Many of these things are not noble, right, lovely, admirable, or pure, but through our acquisition of knowledge we can enact change and hopefully reach out in benevolence.)
Rather the verse teaches us to view the things we encounter in books, TV shows, movies, news, music etc. through the lens of God's truth, and to be vigilant about the thoughts we allow to take up residence in our minds.
Remember: Thoughts become words which turn into actions that become habits and end up as character! ----- "Exterior beauty without the depth of a kind soul is merely decoration."
For this layout I created a circular tag that cautions "Be careful what you feed your mind -- The thoughts you nurture grow" On the reverse side I included several different kinds of thoughts - both good and bad. What kind of thoughts are you meditating on today?
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Wonderful post, this is one of the first verses I memorized, I love the part where you said through our knowledge we can enact change and hopefully reach out in benevolence, we need to know what is going on in the world so we can pray about how we go about dealing with it and hopefully making a change.
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