Garbage In Garbage Out

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Garbage In Garbage Out is a computer term. Feed bad data into the world’s most sophisticated processor, and you’ll still get bad information as a result. The same goes for our brains. It matters where we let our thoughts wander! It matters what we put into our heads. We all want the peace is promised in Philippians 4:7 and 4:9, but often ignore the instruction sandwiched between those two verses:

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 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. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you

Our input, what we choose to read or view or hear, affects our thoughts, our habits, and our very lives. Yet how often do we pause to ask ourselves what sort of garbage we are sucking into our souls? Take the nightly news for example. Do we really need it every night? Do we better serve the world because we know in great detail each tragedy or scandal?

We would all do well to stay away from more of the “scary stuff” the media offers. How many violent crimes have actually pierced our lives? Yet how many crimes have we experienced vicariously in just the last year? Where do our thoughts go when the lights go out or an ambulance siren blares? God has not given us a fearful spirit, but perhaps our entertainment selections have.

In our culture, fear, depression and dissatisfaction are all fattened on the food of fantasy. What a shame! We have no basic right to entertainment. “Must see” movies and “must read” books simply do not exist. If some food turns out to be poison to our bodies, we eliminate it from our daily diet. Shouldn’t our mental and spiritual diets be culled of dangerous substances as well?

Making our input major on the good stuff and minor on the garbage takes practice. Have you tried? How have you succeeded in taking out the trash?

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