What we let in matters. What we believe about ourselves and others determines our actions. It changes our perspectives. Our ability to see beyond our own ideas can be challenging. Sometimes, we need a new filter.
I have a difficult time remembering to change our A/C filter. It isn’t something I see every day. It is in the ceiling in the hall and I just don’t find myself staring up at it. For me, it really is out of sight, out of mind. I remember it if the A/C doesn’t seem to be working as well. I think about it when there is more dust accumulating. But it takes something fairly significant for me to remember. I now set reminders so I don’t forget. It is really important that the filter is clean and changed regularly.
Our own filter needs to be cleaned sometimes too. We can easily let things in which are not truthful, helpful or kind. We can hear that we are not good enough. We can sense we are unworthy. We can feel unloved. We can also start believing the worst about ourselves and others. We can look for the bad. We can find ourselves expecting others to be mean. We could be looking for the worst traits in others.
We may need to change our filter. We may need a new way of seeing ourselves and the world. We may need to begin to see through the words of God. He has lots to say. There are words of worth, words of love, words of peace, and words of redemption. There are words to remind us just how valuable we really are. When we see things through God’s word, we begin to see completely different. Maybe it is time to change our filter.
1 Praise the Lord, all you nations!
Extol him, all you peoples!
2 For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord!
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