What Do You Feed Your Mind?

Pastor Paul Witkop

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By Paul Witkop –

If you wanted to be an Olympic athlete, would you go on a donuts and Twinkies diet? If you wanted to create a gourmet meal, would you start with inferior ingredients?  Most of us understand that what we put into our bodies is vital in determining our daily performance as well as our ongoing health. Even though we know this, eating smart is a battle.

Yet the input to the most important part of our lives, our minds, is often ignored. Like our bodies, what we allow into our minds is a constant battle. We settle for what is convenient rather than what will really benefit us.  Let’s think about three truths:

You are what you think.
Your mind will think about what you put in it.
Your actions result from your thoughts.

How do we win the battle for our minds? The Apostle Paul wrote these words, And fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. – Philippians 4:8

Long before the age of computers and smart phones, Paul knew the input-output principle of “garbage in-garbage out.” Where are your thoughts these days? What do your children think about? What food are you feeding your mind? Think with me about some healthy alternatives to “garbage in.”

  1. Respect true heroes. Instead of revering overpaid Hollywood and sports figures, make it a point to notice real heroes who are making a real difference in the world…devoted teachers, principled businessmen and women, diligent people working to feed the hungry, tireless youth directors, self-sacrificing community leaders etc.
  2. Screen television and movies – Television, smart phones, social media, reinforces passivity and seduces us to adopt values which are not ours. Don’t just automatically revert to your smart phone during idle time. How about a good book? How about some time to talk with God?
  3. Substitute face to face conversations for social media – Conversation is becoming a lost art. Yet, we have so much to learn from each other.
  4. Spend time with older people. Schedule time with a few older people whose lives, wisdom, and attitudes are refreshing and inspiring.
  5. Read. The greatest source of positive input is the Bible. God has given us a plan for our lives that is full of joy and purpose. God wants us to know Gods plan and to know its author.

Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. – Romans 12:2

Join me in asking God to transform your family and the world, one mind at a time, starting with you.


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