Friday, May 27, 2016

Pure thoughts are hard sometimes

Food For Thought #69


Hey guys, I just want to start off by saying I will probably come on pretty strong in this post, so if you don't feel like an impassioned speech right now, I would just save this for latter. But if you want to stick around, I would really love you too, because this is something I am very passionate about and I feel like more people need to be as well. 

This is a problem I have with myself, so please don't think I'm pointing a finger at you, this is something I've seen failing in myself and honestly, it disgusts me. 
Today I really looked at myself and realized how much I'm not living what I belive. I'm telling myself and others that I belive that I shouldn't read any books with heavy magic, or with too heavy of romance. I say that I shouldn't watch movie that have any blush worthy scenes, or standards that go against my own. I say that songs should build me up in my faith, and make me think clean thoughts. But you know what, it is so easy for me to say 'this one won't hurt me.' I convince myself that just this one won't affect me, or that one won't hurt. I convince myself that I won't let it affect me, or that one bad part really matter in the long run. 
But its a lie. I complete lie. I don't care if its just one photo, scene, song, or chapter that made your thoughts turn from a good path, it matters. It matters a lot. More then you will probably ever know. 
Because, even if its just small things, they come together to make big things, Things that affect your life. Compromises on what you belive never end in good. God meant us to follow His lead down to the tiniest portions of our lives. That sometimes means giving up things we love because they are keeping us from him. 
For me it meant giving up one of my favorite TV shows, because I realized that the content was making me think of things I shouldn't. It meant giving up some music that I actually liked, and some books that were enjoyable. Did I like doing that? No. I didn't. I pretty much gave them up kicking and screaming mentally, because I had let myself get attached to a cheap form of entertainment. God has something better for us if we'd only give up these fake substitutes. And I know how hard the struggle is, but I think if we actually responded to God's prompting and gave up these things, we would find that we have a deeper relationship with God. 
Because he wants what is best for us, not just what is entertaining. 

I think this passage sums up what we as Christians need to be thinking about as we go through our day. 

Philippians 4:8-9
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.

8 comments:

  1. I agree. "Just one more chapter", "Just one more show", or "Just one more song" may be something that's keeping us from being the person that God is calling us to be. Even some Christian songs like, for instance, by Jamie Grace, are too much about relationships. I began liking her songs, I got her CDs, but it was disappointing that most of them are about relationships and about how she hasn't found the man that God wants for her yet.

    We really need to think pure, and this is a great reminder. Thank you.

    Allie D.
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    1. Yes, I totally know what you mean. I've done that espechilly with my TV series. I'll be watching, and slowly I'll relize its just more about worldly things then Godly things.

      Thanks for comenting!
      -Mikayla-

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  2. Oh, Mikayla, thank you for sharing! I'm pretty sure this happens to all of us at some point (myself included), and it is so important for us to remember what we should be thinking about instead. Thank you!

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  3. It was my pleasure! Thank you very much for commenting!
    -Mikayla-

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  4. I'm really proud of you for saying this! That took a lot of guts to admit, I know. I've definitely struggled with this before, and giving up things is SUPER hard. Way to go!

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    1. Thanks. I really appreciate you commenting. I know you understand. =)
      You're the best!
      -Mikayla-

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  5. So right that it matters more than we know. The "photo, scene, song, or chapter" might not be all that bad, but if it takes thinking "just this one" to get us there, then I'm building a pattern for my future choices. I know from myself that it's so easy to get to where I don't even notice I'm compromising anymore. At that point, convictions are no longer... convictions. The choice to compromise becomes far more dangerous than the thing over which I compromised, and it's a doorway to worse stuff.

    Thank God for LIFE in Christ and His Spirit busting me out of that every time!

    Thanks for writing this, Mikayla. You see, I like your impassioned speeches. :)

    -Scott

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    1. It's easy for me as well, to get where I don't notice.

      Amen!

      Thanks. I'm glad you like them. =)

      -Mikayla-

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