Garbage In Garbage Out

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

There’s a simple principle that says when you put garbage into your mind and life, garbage will come out. When you put good things into your mind and life, then good things will flow out. Your mind matters and what you put into your mind will ultimately make the difference between peace or distraction. Today, take a few minutes to take the advice of Paul and think about what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. God’s promise to you in verse 9 is that when you think of these things, the “God of peace will be with you.”

People of peace are people who have learned, with God’s help, to control their mind. They regulate what goes in and peace prevails. Others choose to put garbage into their mind and garbage naturally comes out.

Your mind is a powerful source of help and positive energy. Give your mind and thoughts over to God’s power and you’ll begin to think the thoughts of our Lord and live with the peace from above. Don’t waste your precious life with less than what God has to offer. Heed this advice from Romans 12:2:

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

1. How can you apply Philippians 4:8 and Romans 12:2 to your life today?

2. Make a plan for the area you need to work on and ask God for His help as you claim His promise for peace in your soul.

1 John 2:15, Ephesians 4:23, Ephesians 5:17

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Jim Burns

Jim Burns is the president of HomeWord. He speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has close to 2 million resources in print in 20 languages. He primarily writes and speaks on the values of HomeWord, which are: Strong Marriages, Confident Parents, Empowered Kids, and Healthy Leaders. Some of his most popular books are: Confident Parenting, The Purity Code, Creating an Intimate Marriage, Closer, and Doing Life with Your Adult Children. Jim and his wife, Cathy, live in Southern California and have three grown daughters, Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi; three sons-in-law, Steve and Matt, and Andy; and three grandchildren, James, Charlotte and Huxley.

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