Think About This
“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… And the God of peace will be with you.”
“Garbage in. Garbage out.”
In the early days of computer programming, this familiar expression was often used to caution programmers to be certain they were entering good, reliable data into the system. In the same way, what we allow to enter our mind through our eyes and ears directly affects what we think about, what we say and how we act.
Do you have problems with lustful thoughts, impure daydreams, hateful speech, and wrong actions? In prison, it is hard not to give in to such but we must be proactive in fighting and winning this battle.
Paul tells us to program our minds with thoughts that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. Make sure you are putting the right data into your own powerful, personal computer – your mind.
What kinds of reading material do you have? What types of television programming occupies your time? Examine the topics you talk about and the conversations to which you listen.
As Joyce Meyers says, we must “think about what we are thinking about!” The battlefield really is in your mind. Ask the Father to help you examine the type of input your eyes and ears receive into your brain.
There is a good reason we put on the helmet of salvation. It guards our minds. Think about this.
Dive Deeper: Philippians 4.