Our thoughts are crucial to how we act. What affects our thoughts? Anything we put into our minds which eventually ends up in our language or actions. This would include movies, TV, video games and the books we read. Paul tells us to think on things that are excellent and worthy of praise. “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise”. Philippians 4:8. (NLT). Did you ever hear from your child, friend or yourself about seeing a violent movie and commenting. ”I can’t get the image out of my mind.” Particularly when a child ends up with nightmares for a few nights. We all need to watch what goes into our minds. Paul says what is right and pure and worthy of praise. Some tell us Patti and I are too picky. Except for “The Passion”, we never watch “R” rated movies. If a book starts with bad language, I will stop reading the book and remember not to pick the author again. I believe this is called setting standards or boundaries. One old western movie we turned off actually had some cuss words which they probably did not use back then. It is our responsibility to control our thoughts and use God’s Word to keep us in line. This can be a struggle since we cannot depend on movie ratings anymore and this world is certainly not helping in this area. We need to keep our thoughts and minds set toward heaven.
How close do you watch what your kids put onto their minds including video games which can be violent and realistic?
How close due you monitor what you watch and read?
Write down five things you are thankful for.