“For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Romans 1:21
While it may or may not be true that we are what we eat, it is most certainly true that we are what we think.
So very much of what is heard and seen today is harsh, bitter, and angry. Which leads me to believe that we are harsh, bitter, and angry. Jesus said, “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Matthew 12:34) Even if we desire to inspire to higher thoughts, purposes, and to the love of God, we speak words that divide, dismiss, and tear down our neighbors – for we are all, indeed, neighbors.
I find it mind-boggling that we complain about all the terribleness in the world and then post and repost awful things on social media, spreading nasty stuff around like so much raw sewage. We use the internet to share bad news like gossip: trashing our neighbors over a world-wide fence to our other neighbors. It’s like saying, “Ewww, this tastes awful. Here, you taste it!” What is that?
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9
It’s completely different to consider and share things that lift up, embrace, encourage, and empower ourselves and others to love – and then to put those same true, noble, pure, lovely, excellent things into practice moment by moment, day after day.
I like baby and animal videos as much as the next person, but that’s not necessarily what we need. It’s hard to put cute otter videos into practice. But if we post and repost things about people doing what is right, pure, lovely, and praiseworthy – people whose examples we can follow – we are spreading Good News. We can use the same world-wide fence, dear brothers and sisters, to spread praise reports about true and admirable things that reflect God’s goodness.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
I am daily inspired by postings of Scripture. Just to read Scripture for the light it brings, for the way it instructs the heart, for the power in it to transform us – that is more than enough! And if there is a beautiful picture of God’s creation attached, all the better.
At this point I can hear someone thinking, “What a flake!” Maybe! But multiplying all of this ugliness only helps to keep us in our current painful state, while examples of beauty, love, forgiveness, mercy, generosity and joy point us to a higher truth and beauty, and lead us to the God of peace.
Let’s think on these things.