How often do you find yourself humming to the tune of a song you just heard someone singing? It may have been your first time of hearing the song but out of the blues you just start humming to the tune of the song. Yes or No? Well, if you lie… godiswatching u oh. I’m am very honest so, “yels” I find myself singing in the shower, sometimes to the soundtrack of a movie (doesn’t mean I’ll audition for X-Factor or Idol J). I wake up at intervals most nights and some of those times I say a prayer before going back to bed. There was this particular night where instead of starting my prayers, the first thing that came to my mind was “crying in the rain”. It was the sound track for “Mr & Mrs”; one of the best Naija movies I watched last year. Immediately, I took my phone and set it to my worship playlist. I placed it on the dock and increased the volume cos I wanted the music to drown the soundtrack replaying in my mind so that I can focus on my prayers. This is how we should guard our heart/mind to determine what stays and what should go. Proverbs 4:23 – Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it spring the issues of life.
We are products of the things we watch, hear, read, the people we interact with and the places we go. These things form images in your mind, and then you begin to think about them, you spend time pondering on them; next thing they form habits and then eventually your character. Basically, they contribute to your perception about life, they determine how you think, speak and act.
Luke 6:45says “For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
Ecclesiastes 11:13 says “If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth”.
What will flow out of the abundance of your heart? When you are full, what will you pour out to the people around you? In the course of life, we acquire knowledge from the things we watch, hear, read, the people we interact with and the places we go. Now the question is:
- What kind of things do you watch?
- What kind of things do you read?
- What kind of things/people do you listen to?
- What kind of people do you interact with?
- What kind of places do you go to?
When you have answered these questions then you will know the kinda words and actions that will flow out from you. The quality of our life is shown in the quality of the character we display and the words we speak. It is time to drown those words and negative information that comes into your heart subconsciously, it is time to say NO to those friends who do not add value to your life, it is time to stay away from those places that do not add value to you, places that do not uplift your spirit; it is time to discard those magazines and books that do not inspire you to be the person God has created you to be…you know the ones I’m talking of right? Run with the right crowd, read/watch stuff that are educative, inspirational and motivational because if you do not manage your mind, the things you allow to go in there will manage you instead. Your heart is like a garden, you plant the seeds you want to grow; you water the field and nurture it making sure that you take off the weeds so that they do not spoil the good seed. Don’t find yourself doing the wrong things and putting the blame on the devil; you decide the things you let into your mind and they will affect your actions. Manage your mind or the devil will manage it for you…if you let him. He knows how to persuade people with the sweetest pleasures of all times; with proper management and adherence to your manager’s(God’s) words, your eyes will be blinded to such deception.
What plans have you made? What New Year resolutions have you made? I know you’re working towards them…PERFECT, but be vigilant. Guard your heart with all diligence. Turn up the volume of everything POSITIVE around you and be sure to drown the voice of every negative thought or influence.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
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