These words came back to me this morning as I was considering my mental state.
When I was a child and sang this song, it always put a picture of a God much like Santa Claus in my mind. An overlord determined to catch every misstep and every mistake and write it down in a book for use in the future. Then, when the time of reckoning was upon you, Christmas or the Apocalypse, you would be called to account for your actions, or punished with fewer toys.
However, as these words came to me now, they are accompanied with higher wisdom.
“Consider your input.”
The benefits of the considering your mental diet is very important. With your food diet, if you put in healthy whole foods that haven’t been overly processed, covered with pesticides, genetically modified and denuded of nutrients, you benefit with improved health.
The more processed, contaminated, devoid of nutrients, a food is, the less good it will do for you and potentially even generate harm.
This is equally true with your information diet. By the time a story reaches us, through the news, it has been processed, spun, mangled, rewritten and usually has lost all truth and value. Stories can be spun to mesh with the goals of the storytellers or edited for short attention spans and sensationalism. Regardless of the reasons behind the alteration the results are identical, you’re consuming something that really isn’t good for you and may even be bad for you. We are being fed junk food information.
Consider your input.
I’ve been a little disheartened recently about the state of the world. There is a lot of negatives going on. Wars and posturing for wars.
People fighting over who gets the rights to destroy the planet, by ripping out the natural resources and selling them to the highest bidder.
Conflict over religions ideology.
People terrorized in their homes and schools and persecuted for their beliefs.
But I also see glimpses of hope.
More and more people are finding their own path to spirituality.
The sun keeps rising each morning (sometimes hidden in clouds, but it’s there).
People keep making a choice each day to help one another and make this world a better place, one person at a time.
The world is an amazing and beautiful place full of wonders and marvels.
Remember next time you’re fed, mass media wonder bread, that it’s not real food.
I don’t often quote the bible. But I do think, like all holy books, there are powerful nuggets of wisdom in there. This is one:
“…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
Consider your input. Be aware when it’s junk food. Focus on the good things to guide your path.