Pastor's Weekly Musing

Hey everyone!

One of the things that comes up every January for me is my need to clean up my eating. I can easily put on 15 pounds in two weeks if I get out of control with my diet habits. Not only that, but I'll feel sluggish, tired, irritable, lazy, you name it. My propensity to plow through junk food in bulk needs to be addressed. The effects are just too vast.

We hear a lot about toxins nowadays. Toxins in our food, our air, our water, in everything. And it's important to do all we can to avoid unhealthy stuff like that. But there may be a more important toxin in our lives: mind toxins.

The Bible tells us that what we feed our minds is just as important as what we feed our bodies.

Psalm 101:3 says, "I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me" (ESV).

When feeding your mind, you must choose from four kinds of content. And the four options are really similar to our food choices. Check out these four:

1- POISON These are the concepts that will derange, degrade, or demoralize you. An example: porn. It not only has no nutritional value, it actually does significant damage.

2- JUNK FOOD Many of the TV shows and movies today are the mental equivalents of junk food. You'll find little nutritional value in it. You can eat junk food, but you're not going to get very wise.

3- BRAIN FOOD This is the "good stuff." It educates you in areas like math, history, English, and geography. You need to fill your mind with brain food. It'll make you a well-rounded person.

4- SUPER FOOD This is the Bible. God's Word will teach you what you won't find anywhere else. It answers fundamental questions like, "Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? Does my life matter? Is there a purpose for my life? Is there meaning? Am I significant?" You'll only get answers to those questions in the Bible. We need to feast on God's Word daily.

These are our four options. And just like food, we have to fill up with something. The choice is ours. While an occasional junk food binge can be fine, we know that overall, our lives are much healthier and enjoyable when we are consistent in feeding ourselves the good stuff.

Let's cut out as much junk as we can in 2020, not only in our food, air, and water but also with our minds. Let's feast on the good stuff: God's Word!