Is the door open to just anything? Do we allow just a free flow? Is it okay to have doors wide open? In some cases, this is a yes. But when we are talking about our minds and bodies, the answer changes.
We know that what we eat has an effect on our entire bodies. The food we take in can help us or hurt us. When we fill our bodies with unhealthy, heavy foods, we feel it. It takes its toll on us. When we fuel our bodies with good, clean foods, that makes a difference as well. What we put in really does matter. It is amazing how our bodies respond to the foods we take in.
Our minds work the same way. What we allow into our minds changes how we feel. If I spend all day watching the news, I will feel more tense and angry. If I focus on social media for several hours, I feel beat and upset. If I allow negative thoughts about myself to creep in, I begin to believe them. I am harming myself, one thought at a time. I begin to hear that things will never get better. I begin to ingest that I am a failure and I should just quit. I hear voices of judgment and anger fill my being. I allow destructive thoughts to take over my day. And before I know it, I am defeated…one thought at a time.
What we allow in really makes all the difference. What if we filter what we allow through the lens of our Creator? How might things change if we see who God says we are? How might God’s love change how we view the world and ourselves? What if I eat so that I fuel my body with the things of this earth that God has given to heal me? If I hear who God says I am, might that slow some of the harmful words spoken? Maybe I spend more time reading God’s truth than the hype of the day. Or maybe I spend some time in God’s good creation being reminded that this is not the end, it is just the beginning.
Today is the day to begin to filter what we allow into our minds and bodies. God created us for so much more. Let’s live the abundant life.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; 23 but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
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