Saturday, February 20, 2010

Food inspires me...

It really does.  I know, I know, you’re really questioning my sanity now. 

You see, I was reading the Cheerios box the other day and found their motivational tool quite pitiful as well as apt to produce laziness.   How so?  It suggested doing what they called “non-challenging” things.  An example: “Moving a couch is a challenge.  Getting off the couch is a non-challenge.”

This, along with the Doritos bag, is the encouragement we get from our culture.  It’s easier than ever to be complacent when we think we're doing well to get off the couch or eat Honey Nut Cheerios.  In the midst of this common advice of our society, what do we find ourselves doing and encouraging others to do?  Do we applaud doing non-challenging things, and just doing anything?   Or do we esteem doing hard things for the glory of God?  Through our conversations and actions, what are we supporting?  Is it based on what the Bible says, or what the world is telling us?

I'm probably the only one that receives inspiration from the backs of cereal boxes or chip bags.  Oh, wait, I'm not.  :)

I'm in the process of working on other real posts, I just haven't had the time needed to complete them. :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

What's Feeding You?

I’ve discussed influence before and the need to influence others towards godliness. But there’s another source that is often far greater than the friendships we have, and that is media.

Media has a powerful influence over our lives. It’s often music, television, the internet and other media sources that we thoughtlessly allow to shape our conception of truth and our actions. We think we’re pretty aware of what comes into our minds and can handle the corrupt teaching, but this is often the result of thinking too highly of our own abilities and firmness.

“If you are taking in regular or significant doses of music, television, the Internet, and movies, you are being affected by them.”  (Lies Young Women Believe) You may think they don’t influence you, but what are you spurred to do after watching a particular movie? What kind of thoughts does it encourage in your heart? What kind of sin do you see portrayed as okay or even admirable, and have you begun to think that it’s okay for you too?

“Examine what you are putting into your mind through television, movies, the Internet, music and even conversations with friends. You may think that it won’t hurt to be exposed to ungodly ways of thinking in those mediums, but you might not realize how subtly those deceptive philosophies can influence your thinking.”  Lies Young Women Believe  (emphasis mine)

“It all comes down to whether you’re going to let the world’s values, morals, and thinking drip day by day into your system, or you’re going to intentionally choose to be exposed to input that will help you become more wise and godly.” Lies Young Women Believe  (emphasis mine)

We are to take every thought captive, to delight in God’s law, and dwell only on what is right, true, pure and lovely. Passively watching or listening to anything is handing over your brain to the media producers to influence you however they’d like. And this happens all the time. We can’t even begin to realize the depth of the influence that media has had on our beliefs about God, sin, and all theology that follows. Don’t think you’re above the vast majority and won’t succumb to its influence. That’s no excuse for watching anything you please. Instead, if your parents have set up boundaries and standards for what you may or may not listen to/watch, willingly embrace that and don’t push it aside as overprotective! Because of the powerful influence of media, we need to be actively aware of what we allow our minds.
    What it boils down to is this:
  • Do you allow substantial and consistent amount of time in God’s Word and immersion in the ultimate source of truth to influence and direct you, or are you being fed by the media that continually opposes God and His commands?
  • Where is your time spent—are you being fed more by media or God’s Word?   Because you will be fed, you will be influenced. The question is, where
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