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.Philippians 4:8
I watch a lot of television. I’m not particularly proud of it but it’s true. I have access to a bunch of channels. I don’t watch the porn pay per view channels for obvious reasons, but I also don’t often watch CNN, Fox News, or the “Christian” channels. Because these aren’t noble, right, pure, lovely or admirable. There are programs on Disney which I don’t like the grandkids watching. Even on “good” channels I keep the remote close and try to watch only what has been prerecorded, so I can skip over certain parts.
It’s not that I am a prude. I certainly am not. But I find that if I watch certain things my appreciation of reality is distorted. Everyone is not twenty something, perfectly tanned and toned. Every newscaster isn’t telling the whole truth. Every politician, on the left or right, isn’t in it “for the people.” Everyone pounding a bible and calling out “Lord, Lord” is not someone worth listening to. We need to maintain and carefully use a filter.
The great thing is that there is much true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy out there. If we soak these things in, we are improving our perspective and adjusting our attitudes. In short, God has placed too many great things in this world to soak in bad stuff.
Soak up the good, be blessed to bless.