You're Responsible For What You Allow In Your Mind

by Jarrod McClintick

by Jarrod McClintick

"A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash." -Proverbs 15:14

Our minds have a lot of control on us. Our thoughts impact our feelings. Our feelings impact our actions.

What you think matters, because everything begins in your mind. To be mature and responsible, you have to learn to control your thoughts.

However, don't give in to false guilt. You're not responsible for every stray thought that enters your mind. These thoughts enter our minds for various reasons: things you see, conversations you hear by accident, stuff the devil sends your way, etc.

While you're not responsible for every thought that enters your mind, you ARE responsible for how you deal with those thoughts. Martin Luther said, "You can't keep the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair."

God will hold us accountable for what we allow to enter our minds.

Lots of research shows that you never really forget the things you see. Even if you don't consciously recall everything you've seen, those thoughts or ideas can come back to your mind - with a vengeance - if something else triggers the thought.

In other words, if you fill your mind with garbage, that's exactly what's going to come out at some point. What you consistently allow into your mind will end up bearing fruit in your behaviors and beliefs. By the way, when "trashy" entertainment doesn't bother you at all anymore...it's a warning sign that you may have already crossed the threshold.

One of the devil's greatest tactics for getting you to live in a way that dishonors God is humor. That's why in many movies or television shows, sinful behavior is often portrayed in a comedic way. It lightens the impact. I often hear, "I watch it because it's funny, not because I agree with it." Guess what? Eventually, your mind starts to say otherwise. If the devil can get you to laugh at something that is sinful, you've already begun to lose the battle.

Sin isn't funny. Sin is what put Jesus on the cross.

What are you filling your mind with?

REFLECT:

  • Which form of entertainment/media tempts you the most?

  • Who can help you stay accountable for what you fill your mind with?

  • What are some practical ways you can teach your children these principles?