May 15 2017

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What do you feed your mind?

Proverbs 15:14What do you feed your mind?

Have you ever found yourself eating when you weren’t hungry? Did you grab something quick and easy? Was it healthy or junky? Choosing what to eat is not too different from choosing what we feed our mind. What do you feed your mind?

If I’m feeling kinda junky inside my heart and mind, I grab for junk because it’s easy and healthy takes work.  I can just as easily feed my mind with mental junk as I feed my body with less-than-healthy food. Can you relate?

Proverb 15:14 compares the wise with the fool. The wise feed on knowledge and the fool on trash.

I can’t say I’ve ever been tempted to reach into the garbage and grab a piece of trash for a snack. Eeew. But I’ve fed my mind trash. As I grow in Christ, I’m not as tempted to feed on trash, but I can get caught in feeding my mind with mental junk food—especially when I’m feeling kinda junky. Unchecked thoughts and emotions lead to feeding on what’s easy rather than healthy.

Taking stock of what we feed our minds

If the wise and fool become what they are because of what they feed their mind, we, too, need to evaluate what we feed our minds.

Take a day (or a week) and write down what you watch, listen to, or read. Decide: Is it good or is it trash?

Mental Candy

Avoiding obvious trash comes easier than the things that don’t fall into the trash category.  What do we do with things that aren’t trash but aren’t particularly nutritious either? Let’s call the not-trash-but-not-nutricious input mental candy. Mental candy isn’t going to help us become a better mom, wife, Christian, friend, but  it isn’t particularly bad either—not in proper portions.

I enjoy clean comedy (like Tim Hawkins) and playing Sudoku. They aren’t corrupting my mind, but they don’t press me towards my life goals aside from giving me an enjoyable break. Some things in life are simply for enjoyment. While a “tic tac”of time to have fun is good, the mind needs mental nutrition to be healthy.

Mental Diet

If the things we’re filling our minds with aren’t helping us grow into who we want to become, and we want to be wise, Proverbs 15:14 says we shouldn’t feed on trash. The main course of our mind’s diet needs to be hearty and healthy knowledge.

For a Biblical checklist of healthy knowledge, read Philippians 4:8. It’s important to fill your mind with truth.

Philippians 4:8

Write a healthy mental “menu”

Write down what a hearty, healthy mental diet looks like. Here are some questions to consider:

  • What’s on my knowledge plate? These are things that promote growth into who we want to become.
  • What fits into mental garbage? These are obvious things that detract (or distract) from godliness.
  • What fits into the fluff category? These are mental “treats” that provide rest, relaxation, or healthy entertainment. This should be be a smaller portion of your mental diet.

After taking a look, ask: What changes will I make this week to be (and become) wise?

Pray to Him now

Father, I want to be wise. I want to be discerning as I navigate life. Help me to hunger for knowledge. The beginning of knowledge is the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 1:7). Help me to understand what that means. Help me to put mental candy into small portions. And for real garbage, help me to turn away. I want to feed on the good stuff. Ultimately, I want to have the mind of Christ. Transform me by the renewing of my mind (Romans 12:2). In Jesus’ name, amen.

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  1. Dawn

    I love the book of Proverbs and all the nuggets of wisdom that it holds for us. I also appreciate your instruction here, in actively planning a diet that is full of healthy food. This food we need to feast on, it has all the right benefits and none of the poison that the trash and junk food that is easy to get does. The difference is that we have to work hard for it. We need to take time with it. Like a good meal that takes effort, so does our time planning and taking in the meat of His Word into our hearts.

    Great reminder!
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    1. Cheryl

      Proverbs is awesome food for the soul.

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