Careful Thinking

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?

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11 thoughts on “Careful Thinking

  1. I completely agree. I think it’s important to know what’s going on, but podcasts and the news tend to go way overboard. I usually go to the CBN app for news because it just gives short articles about the big things and doesn’t overwhelm with the details.

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  2. Amen! A prayer I pray a lot is asking the Lord to help me think about things that are excellent and praiseworthy. Before I started blogging, I spent several years on the disqus forums preaching and having conversations about politics and world events with people from around the world. I kept up with the news every day online, but most of it is propaganda to serve a heavily weighted liberal agenda (especially CNN and the other major news outlets). I don’t watch TV news anymore. Even Fox News is owned by Rupert Murdoch who is a member of the Committee of 300 (lead NWO group over Bilderberg Group, Council on Foreign Relations, and Trilateral Commission). I have several sources for news, but I can usually see what is going on now just from conversations on Twitter. The news can be very depressing and we already know the prophetic stage is being set for the end. There are people serving the evil one as they do everything they can to tear down our current order and birth their new world order, which is nothing less than a dominating one world government. That is why they want to destroy borders worldwide. They already have the chip for the mark of the beast and WW3 is building. Praise God we have the victory through Jesus and He will be coming back very soon! The Bible tells us what is going to happen. We don’t need the news. We just need to keep our eyes on Jesus. God bless!

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    1. There is a good deal of biblical (and practical) wisdom here, Ryan — thank you.

      I also keep my eye on the news (even at a distance) to observe how much of what is happening accords with biblical prophecy. As you say, things are lining up according to God’s final timeline.

      I think what bothers me the most is the media’s preoccupation with negative things. Every day, good things are happening in the world, but these are really reported — probably because they wouldn’t sell newspapers or bring in high ratings! That is what grieves my spirit.

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  3. Wow, you are really deep and insightful today (well, most days 😊). I like the way you phrased that it is important to, ” be careful and boundaried about my thought life.”
    I used to think that we mostly act out of our feelings and beliefs. God changed that. I learned that obedience comes first, whether I “feel” like it or not. When I am obedient (even stiff-necked obedience), then my thoughts (and feelings) more closely conform to where they should. But I also think it goes both ways. When I read more of God’s Word, then my thoughts are correctly aligned, my feelings correspond, and I (hopefully) act accordingly.

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    1. Oh my — hopefully not too deep! 🤭 I just shared whatever was on my heart for this week’s Tuesday/food for thought post, and this is what surfaced.

      What you say about obedience is right! And through the discipline of obedience, the Holy Spirit conforms us more and more each day so that we think and act more like Him, too.

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