We are bombarded with information constantly. Americans are spending almost 10 hours each day looking at a screen – smartphone, computer, television, tablet. During that time, we are bombarded with news articles and advertisements. Studies show that the average one hour television show includes 15 minutes of commercials, and the average American sees 11,150 advertisements on the internet each month. With all this filling our brains, how do we know what to believe? Sadly, most people believe everything they read and don’t take the time to figure out if it is actually true or not.
Just a few days ago, I saw an article that was very inspiring and decided to write a blog about it. I have been thinking about it for several days and sat down to write about it this morning. Unfortunately, when I started researching it, I discovered that the whole thing was fake. So many times, we make decisions on things before we take the time to research them at all. We believe others’ opinions or made up stories and absent-mindedly join group-think without realizing how we are shaping our minds with half-truths.
What would happen if we were more intentional about what we feed our minds? Click To TweetHow would things change if we intentionally chose to read inspiring and Godly articles instead of celebrity gossip? How would things change if we chose television shows or movies for the message they proclaim instead of their popularity? What would happen if we turned off the electronics (gasp!) and actually read a book or had an entire, uninterrupted conversation with a person?
There is a computer concept called GIGO (garbage in – garbage out). Basically it means that the computer will do what it’s told. If the program doesn’t work, it isn’t the fault of the computer it is the fault of the programmer. The same holds true with our minds. If we are continually feeding garbage into our mind, why are we surprised when we are having negative thoughts?
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. (Phil. 4:8, NIV)
Let’s be intentional about feeding our minds and souls with the truth of God’s word. When we start believing those truths, it will be easier to discover the lies around us.