Regardless of cultural environment, individuals have heard or been exposed to the phrase “I think therefore, I am” or “as a man thinketh, so is he”. Looking at the context of what they mean, it does not matter what you think you will do, you will act out in the manner that aligns with what your mind is filled with.
So I ask? What are you filling your mind with?
Reading is a great tool to fill the mind, yet again, it is important to think about what you are reading. Do you read the Bible, magazines, self-help books, history books, fiction or nonfiction, the newspaper, gossip columns online, or Facebook updates? Yes Facebook updates, some people only ever read their Facebook and that is where their knowledge and information come from. Did you know Jackie Chan died last week, Facebook told me.
Not all people are readers, some people fill their mind with visual knowledge through television, movies, TEDTalks and YouTube videos. Television is not new; however, the grade of shows that are available have switched to reality shows filled with drama, suspense shows built on the dead, and shows built around conspiracies. Do you record the series, make sure you are home by a certain time, tune out the world and tune into the television, get emotionally involved in the character’s situations?
Auditory people fill their minds with audio books, conversations with people, and music. Conversations can be enlightening but can also give false information because people are bias and the information discussed reveals that. Ever play the game telephone, each time something is repeated; it has a new piece added or a different version.
So now your mind is full with knowledge and it is time to make decisions in life, interact with people, react to situations, and live life. With the information you put into your mind, what percentage is based on spiritual wisdom? What percentage is based on formal education? What percentage is based on information from conversations? What percentage is based on information from television, music, Facebook?
If you are sitting there convincing yourself that your live your life based on faith, yet you continue to fill your mind with Facebook information, television, and YouTube; rather than meditating in the Word each day growing deeper in spiritual wisdom, you are fooling yourself. The world has a greater percentage of information in your thoughts, feelings, and actions than the Word.
So again, I am simply asking a question: What are you filling your mind with?