Hello Friends, you know we live in a culture that loves to be entertained. Sitcoms, movies, Disneyland, Universal Studies, Vegas and of course, the local fair. It seems as thought we can’t get enough lights, movies, or entertainment – everyone seems to be hooked on wanting to know what this or that celebrity is doing. Hollywood is more popular than ever.
There are movies you can download, rent, stream live, iMovies – honestly the list is endless and I haven’t even scratched the surface. No matter how you look at it, all of this entertainment exists because humans cannot get enough. Some people view it as a wonderful creative outlet for their subconscious expression and use it as a means to educate, uplift and encourage others. There are also those who use it to expand our horizons of other parts of the world, allowing us to see remote areas that we would never be privy to. These can be wonderful opportunities to gain a richer, deeper understanding to the complexity of God’s creation and his love for humanity.
However, just like you filter the water you drink to remove the contaminants, so must you filter the content the enters your heart. We live in a constant stream of information and “infotainment.” As the gatekeeper of your heart, you must be wise in what you allow to enter your mind and heart. This is especially true if you are a Mother. Little eyes are watching and little ears are listening – and what you do will be of far greater import than what you say! This is why you want to make sure that your words and actions are congruent (they match).
In truth, we are to be good stewards for all five of our senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. Our senses are the entry way to our physical, emotional and spiritual parts. Just like you would not want to touch a pile of fresh manure (eww!) so you also want to protect all your other senses because the Bible condenses all of these other senses into one main gate – the heart. But honestly, let’s think about this because it completely makes sense! (pun totally intended) 😉
Your heart is the most important organ – it’s where all of the blood is pumped from so that we can live. Solomon was pretty smart when he said “Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.” He knew that back then, without fancy MRI scans or all of our modern technology! That’s because this is a spiritual principle that transcends time – and spiritual principles (biblical principles) will always stand the test of time. Technology just has a way of catching up and confirming what the Bible says. 😉
If you are the gatekeeper for your family, then really take this principle seriously. Don’t be like iHop with an “Open 24 Hrs” sign. (No offense iHop). 😉 You need to place limits on what you will and will not allow into your home. You need to safeguard and protect the hearts of your family. I would also encourage you to help your family grow and strengthen their discernment muscles. Bring them into the process of why you are making the decisions you are making, so that they can one day, if you are not around, make those choices on their own.
Living a life that honors God starts with your thought life, and that means thinking about Him. This is why the Bible says: “Finally bretheren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise think on these things.” (Phillipians 4:8).
Begin your day in God’s word and set your mind on Him. He loves you oh, so much!
Dr. Christy 🙂