Last night, the lesson I taught my youth group was based on Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, 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.
I feel convicted.
The first draft of this post had 2,000 rambling words. Most of them were my guilty confessions of listening to Ke$ha and watching the Vampire Diaries.
The truth is that there really is no need for a lengthy essay here.
“Think about such things.”
If I’m thinking about violently murdering bad guys with a pair of ridiculously good-looking vampire brothers I am most assuredly not thinking about that which is pure, lovely, praiseworthy, etc.
If we are being honest with ourselves, we will admit that when we spend our time watching, listening to, or reading things that are full of negativity or immorality or violence (and so on) we begin to dwell on that. If we dwell on anything long enough our actions will begin to mirror our thoughts. Even our health can be affected.
As a mother, I have to admit that my choices in entertainment have a huge effect on my children as well. It might be funny when a 3-year-old sings, “I’m sexy and I know it.” But when the 3-year-old turns 10 or 12 or 14 and things she has to be sexy in order to fit in, it’s not so funny any more.
It’s fun to “escape” into fantasy. That’s why legends and fairy tales have remained popular since the dawn of mankind. But….
I have work to do in taking control of my thoughts, and I think that may involve re-thinking the media with which I entertain myself. I don’t think that we all need to spend our time reading NOTHING BUT THE BIBLE. At the same time, I think there have to be limits at some point.
Please, share your thoughts on this subject!