This familiar verse from Colossians 3 challenges me each time I read it, as I am reminded how important it is to be careful and boundaried about my thought life.
I suppose it all begins with a decision — to anchor my thinking to what I can discern through my natural senses and feelings, or to remember that there is an unseen, but no less powerful, world that truly governs the reality that I encounter each day. Such a perspective gives the words “battlefield of the mind” new meaning.
This was recently clarified for me as I began reintroducing the news into my life (by way of the BBC World Service. I’m not advertising anything here — rather, I’m just telling you what happened). There is a daily podcast that recaps the world news twice each day, and I found it helpful to get reacquainted with what was happening around the globe.
Until this past weekend, when I realized that I had fallen behind in my listening, and attempted to catch up by listening to six podcast episodes in one day (I spread them out a bit). This turned out to be a terrible idea, though! Later that night, I was feeling low in spirit, and realized that the only thing that had changed in my routine was listening to the news each day.
So that is out, in favor of what I think is a more balanced approach: Tuning in to the weekly BBC News podcast, and — as time permits — checking out another program that I find helpful, perhaps on a weekly basis. Nothing more.
The battlefield of the mind is real, and we must all make an effort to carefully steward our thoughts. For me, I need to be mindful of my media consumption in any form (TV, movie, podcast, etc.), while for others of you, this specific area may be a non-issue. I suppose it’s different for every person, and we all must prepare our hearts and minds in a way that fits our unique personal circumstances.
That’s my take on the matter, anyway. What do you think?