What do you entertain on a daily basis? Are you surrounding yourself with uplifting, positive, and inspiring words and visuals? Are you being mindful of the things you allow yourself and your family to listen to and watch on a daily basis?
What you entertain, you participate in. It’s like the saying, “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.” – Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
Growing up I loved all kinds of music. I wasn’t, so much, thinking about the words of the songs. I focused in on the music and the beat. It didn’t matter to me what they were talking about…I liked to entertain the awesome sounds, bass beat, guitar riffs, and the awesome dance moves that came about because of the sweet tunes. But what was I accepting into my spirit? What words were I repeating without even knowing?
One song that comes to mind quickly is the song “Trouble Maker.” I was driving down Main Street in Sussex with this song blasting one day because it is a really catchy beat. I’m singing along, not even realizing that I knew the words and then all of a sudden I said, “I swear you’re giving me a heart attack.” I instantly stopped singing, and it hit me…what am I saying?
You might be thinking, “Oh, that’s a little extreme.” Well, I know what the bible says. It clearly states in Proverbs 18:21 that, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” The enemy is seeking whom he can devour (John 10:10.) Don’t be a victim. Be wise in your choices. I’m not saying all secular music is bad! There are some great songs out there with powerful, uplifting lyrics! Just be mindful of the message that each song brings. It’s either speaking life or death.
Don’t entertain the enemy!
When I was searching for the above quote I also found this one: “If you are what you eat, you are what you see and hear.” – E.A. Bucchianeri
It’s not only about what we hear in music, we need to be mindful of what we receive into our life on a daily basis through our TV’s as well. What movies are you entertaining? Are you unknowingly coming into agreement with sex before marriage? Cheating? Fear? Other worldly things that are acceptable to society but against biblical standards?
When Cody and I first gained light on this, we were crazy movie buyers. The $5 movie bin at Walmart knew us quite well. We had bookshelves of them. However, we weren’t really representing Christ very well with our selection of movies. It hit me strong one night, as I was sitting alone spending time with God. We were youth pastors and we were speaking to our teens on the importance of staying pure before marriage. Starring back at me on one of our shelves were the following movies:
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
The Ugly Truth
Those were just a few. I felt so convicted! The next day, after Cody and I had talked and agreed with one another, we sat down and went through all of our movies and threw out everything we knew didn’t line up with the Word of God. It was definitely difficult in the flesh but we knew it was worth it – especially for our family that would eventually come.
Everyone’s convictions are different. However, the environment that you create for you and your family is your responsibility. What are you allowing in your home? Into your life? What are you entertaining?
– Dana Butler