When I was 13 I drank too much chocolate milk and I turned into a chocolate cow. It was udderly ridiculous. Seriously though, let’s think about how our diet affects the rest of our life. Not your food diet, I’ll leave that up to your mom, but the other things you are “taking in” in life.
You and I “ingest” things visually and audibly every day. Think about the music you listen to. The movies you watch. Think about what voices speak into your life. What images do you see? Every day we hear and see things we chose to. We also hear and see things that happen out of our control. According to the President of the Marketing Firm Yankelovich, Jay Walker-Smith says people are exposed to as many as 5,000 ads per day. But, let’s focus for a minute on the ones you can control.
Each day you and I have choices to make regarding what we will intentionally put before our eyes. Job states, in the bible, that he “made a covenant with his eyes” not to chose lust. Is what you are choosing to look at impure or worthless? Make sure that random happenings don’t turn into premeditated habits. We all get caught in a weak moment now and then but beware of the consistent lifestyle of putting things before your eyes that are impure, dishonorable, evil, indecent, crude, and worthless.
What we are listening to is equally important. Everything you hear gets stuck somewhere in your brain. I remember song lyrics and movie quotes from 20 years ago! Over time these words can move from a lyrics to a lifestyle. It’s scary how we are so easily affected by even the most subtle exposures to things. The lyrics in a song. The lines in a movie. The words of a friend. Is what you are listening to going to build you up or tempt you to sin? Is it valuable? Is it honest? Does it honor God?
Wether you admit it or not this is how it works: the things you listen to and see either build your heart up or they tear it down. When you allow the wrong things to enter your heart through your eyes and ears it weakens you. It distracts you. It makes you sick. But when you fill your eyes and ears with a diet of honorable and godly things your heart will grow strong. You can worship God with admiration. You can lead courageously. You can speak with wisdom.
You need to take a hard look at what you are regularly watching and listening to. Are you willing to change your diet? It isn’t just about cutting things out its also about adding things in. If you want to be truly healthy you have to add more of the good things in. Reading God’s word. Prayer. Listening to wise teachers. Music and books that point to Jesus.
Start by praying a prayer like this: “God search me and know me. Reveal to me the things in the diet of my eyes and ears that are not pleasing and honorable to you. Reveal the impurity and the wickedness that I am allowing into my life. Forgive me. Free me from their allure and captivate my eyes and ears with your life and truth instead!”
“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45)
What you allow into your heart, through your eyes and ears, will affect what comes out of you.