Do you really ever stop and think about what you are feeding the most important part of yourself, your mind and spirit? Day after day we are inundated with all kinds of information. I use my cell phone, computer, and the television a lot as a stay-at-home mom. I am constantly attacked from all sides all day long with advertisements begging me to buy something so I will be more beautiful or people will like me more, television shows with grumpy women that sit around tables ‘talk’ing and spewing their ‘view’point to the world, and sometimes just plain trash. What exactly do you get when that is all you inhale into your mind all day long?
All I see most days are my three kids and husband, but then there is my cell phone. With it there are endless opportunities to talk to anyone at anytime via the text message. It’s like opening up a door and letting whatever conversation I choose, to come and walk inside my head. Sometimes text messages can get way out of control and people will say and do things they would never do in front of others.
What are the influences in my life that I am freely letting walk around uncontrolled in my head? If trash is all I am basically consuming everyday, it’s like eating junk food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. When we let anything in, we can start to even question who we really are. As a woman I can start to question if I am good enough by comparing myself to beautiful skinny women in television ads, and even start to believe that I am not thin enough or pretty enough. We can also compare our happiness to what we see on t.v. or even the internet. I can look at someone’s Facebook page and think, “Wow, they have such a perfect happy life.” but in reality it’s nothing like that. If I start comparing my life to their tiny snapshot of what I am able to see, sometimes it’s depressing. I’ve learned numerous times that in reality they have problems and issues just like the rest of us.
I think that when we let anything in and we never balance the bad overstimulation with good things and positive influences our view of the world starts to change. Negative people and influences just love to wallow in their own filth, and they are more than happy to drag you down into the filth with them. I was watching a talk by Francis Chan and he was saying how when we know to do the right thing and then we turn from it and go back to our old ways it is like a dog returning to it’s vomit. (Proverbs 26:11) Can you imagine throwing up and walking away towards a big bowl of chicken noodle soup only to stop and say, yeah I know this soup is good for me but I really just think I’ll take the vomit. Then going back and lapping up your own vomit? That’s essentially what happens when I know I should be putting good things into my soul, but constantly returning to the filth all around me and lapping it up.
I never used to think that the children’s song “Be Careful Little Eyes What You See” was all that great until I became an adult and started understanding just how powerful what we see, hear, and partake of really effects us and changes who we are. I want to make sure that if I spend an hour watching a show that I spend even more time with my Bible or listening to positive music. I want to balance out what I get from this world with good things from above. I can’t help that I’m in the world but I don’t have to partake of it anymore! Change isn’t easy and vomit may look good, but it is possible to turn from it and change. It is up to me every day to make a choice of what I let walk through my mind.