Most people spend a significant amount of time listening to the radio, downloaded music, watching tv or movies, and a more than half of each of these categories is filled with messages that are detrimental to our spiritual, emotional and mental lives. If we constantly bombard our lives with messages of disappointment, discontentedness, heartache, hate, revenge, etc. how do we expect to live healthy, flourishing lives? Instead of flourishing and enjoying the majority of our lives, we spend our time trying to process these messages and disband the upsetting memories these messages stir to the surface.
Scripture tells us “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).
What if we cut back our exposure to detrimental influences from the media, long enough to gauge the side effects they have on our spiritual, emotional, and mental states? How much more could we enjoy life, how much more could we get out of life, how much more beautiful could life be if we spent less of our time trying to override negative external influences and more time thinking on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy?