“Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about”—Philippians 4:8(TLB).
When I started college in 1971, I never planned to pursue a journalism career. After taking a beginning reporting class as an elective, I was hooked. I’ve always been curious, nosy you might interpret.
After graduation, I didn’t use my journalism degree to work for a newspaper. Instead, I chose a teaching career in 1975, and tried to instill in my students the importance of gathering facts and making sure sources were quoted correctly.
In addition, I was also a news junkie, watching news shows and consuming more than one newspaper, daily and weekly. While traveling, I would often stop by a convenience store to purchase a copy of the local newspaper.
Letting Go of Being “In the Know”
I can’t recall the exact year or what precipitated my gradual letting go of the need to be “in the know.” I do know, however, that as I’ve nurtured my spiritual life through a more intimate relationship with God, I have no desire for the things of this world.
Being caught up in the negative news can lead to despair and often control our thought life. I no longer desire to become involved in any area of politics. Yes, I stay informed before I head to the polls to cast my ballot. But spouting my political beliefs or getting involved in discussions of anything smacking of dissension is no longer on my radar.
Why the change? Because I believe the only truth that matters in a world so fraught with half-truths, outright lies and duplicity is the truth found in God’s Holy Word. Instead of focusing my thoughts on the negative, I choose to take them captive.
Taking Our Thoughts Captive
If our minds are filled with the constant barrage of negative news and political discord, how can we become more like Jesus? Jesus’ focus was on the goodness of our Heavenly Father, not the politics of the time.
In today’s dysfunctional world, how can we avoid being sucked into the arena of disagreements and hostility over things that are not lasting? It requires a daily renewal of our minds, which begins when we follow Christ. Renewal is proactive, meaning we must actively spend time with Him in prayer and scripture reading each day.
By doing this, we “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
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SOURCE: Assist News