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March 4, 2015, 9:16 AM

A Penny's Worth of Thought: You are What You Think

There used to be a song sung in church Sunday School Children’s classes that had these lyrics:

Oh be careful little eyes what you see, Oh be careful little eyes what you see, for the Father up above is looking down in love Oh be careful little eyes what you see.  

Other verses would repeat about be careful: hands what you do, feet where you go, ears what you hear, and mind what you think.

Whether or not you have ever heard that song or remember the song at all, the truth of the song is profound.  Little did I realize as a child how much what I looked at, listened to and thought about would affect the way I lived, and the places I would desire to go, nor did I realize that it would impact the way I would talk and the thoughts that would fill and take over my mind.

The health conscious person knows it is vitally important what they put in the body.  No matter how much exercise you may get, if you put the wrong types or wrong amounts of food and drink in your body you will not achieve the desired results of a healthy fit body.  

The same is true of us spiritually.  Just as the world bombards us with delicious looking and tasting treats filled with sugar, fat, carbs, and chemicals that are not good for our physical body; the world will try to entice you will all kinds beautiful, desirable junk that is not good for your spiritual well being.  The things that we watch on Television, and listen to the radio will fill our mind and our thoughts and it will impact what we think about, how we talk and the way we live.  

Most of us understand the dangers of what is viewed and heard when it comes to children, but somehow we think that as adults we can somehow “handle” it and we are mature enough to not allow it to impact our lives.  If we think this way we are deceived. 

As Christians we must avoid allowing our minds to be filled and consumed with worldly, carnal thoughts and images.  Be careful to avoid that which you know is not good.  But also fill your mind with that which is.  God’s word, wholesome music, positive thinking and honorable thoughts.  It is not enough to simply avoid that which we would, as we cannot avoid living in a world where we are surrounded by that which good and Godly is not the standard.  We must fill and be filled by God with Godly things.

"…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, dwell on these things." Philippians 4:8

Garbage in/Garbage out is a universal truth, whether it be what you put in your body or in your mind.  Even computer programmers learn this lesson early on.  Your mind is the most sophisticated computer the world has ever known.  Unlike a computer however there is no “file dump” or “delete button”.  What goes in your mind stays there forever.  If you don’t believe me then just wait until an old song comes on the radio that you have not heard in years and notice how quickly you remember the words.  

After all how many of you started singing…Oh be careful little hands what you do? 

 

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