You Are What You Think About

by Stan Mitchell
“Finally, brothers, 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).
John walked down to the lowest step outside the courthouse, sat down on the cold pavement and buried his face in his hands. He was only dimly aware of traffic passing by. Where had it all gone wrong? Like a dandelion in the wind, his life had disintegrated in moments.
He couldn’t blame his wife for her anger. He had cheated on her and been caught. The earnest pledges of their wedding day had been forgotten; how had he done that?
Then images began to fill his mind. There were the sites on the Internet, and the porn magazines hidden away in the garden shed; there were the jokes of his buddies, off color and beyond suggestive; for months now, he had fed his mind with whatever was ugly, whatever was impure, whatever was smutty. And it had affected his actions.
He remembered something his mom used to say: “You are what you eat!” “You are,” John reflected ruefully, “also what you think.”
The mind can be fed with junk food or wholesome material, just as surely as the belly, and he had been feeding steadily on intellectual Twinkies, and worse.
It was time to begin dwelling on worthy things. He would begin today.

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