Garbage In, Garbage Out!

Deb Goolsby

“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 4:8-9

I once heard someone say that 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.

Our minds work like computers where we are able to store unbelievable amounts of information.  I can remember the hymns that were sung in church when I was young and can still recall those words today.  The Bible verses that I memorized each week so I could get that prize, are still etched in my memory and come to mind at the very moment when they mean so much to me.  What we put into our minds is exactly what we get out.   It is common knowledge that computers cannot output something that it was not programmed to do.   So, what goes in is what comes out.  Same is true with our minds.

In early years, the computer science programmers developed the phrase “Garbage in, garbage out” (GIGO).    Meaning whatever you program into the computer is what you’re going to get out.  Our minds work according to the GIGO principle.  The kinds of things we watch, read, listen to and think about will affect the way we talk, feel and live.

So think of that when we watch TV, read a book, or listen to music.  If the TV and movies we are watching and the magazines we are reading and the music we listen to are communicating the message that don’t line up with God’s message, it won’t be long before those ideas are spilling out of our mouths.

Even more than that, what example are you leaving for the children in your circle of influence, be it your own son or daughter, granddaughter or grandson, those that you coach on the field, or those that you teach in the classroom?  Our kids are greatly influenced by their peers. (That’s you!)

Our minds are a powerful source of positive energy.  If we take the advice of Romans 12:2, “Do not conform 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”, we can begin to think these thoughts of our Lord and live with peace from above.  Let’s not waste our life with less than what God has to offer.

Heavenly Father, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)   Amen.

 

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