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Filling Your Mind

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Who's Image Is in Your Mind?
Did you know that we see up to 3000 images per day? That truly is a total overload and there is no way we could process all of them. Hence you need to be careful how you are filling your mind.

Images do have lots of emotional power and most of them are used in advertisements. They want to control us and our wallets. They want to imprint images into our minds. They want us to believe lies.

I don’t want that. I want to be my own person, filled and programmed by the Holy Spirit. I don’t want to believe the lies of the world. I want to control the overload of images that are targeted at me. My way is to live without TV.

Our household has been a TV free zone for more than seven years. Nowadays we don’t even remember to miss it anymore. It’s just not part of our lives. I especially dislike all those loud, noisy, and obnoxious commercials.

Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is—what is good and pleasing and mature. (Romans 12:2, CEB)

We were created in the image of God, not in the image that the advertisers want to sell us. We need to be reminded of our origins in order to keep the right perspective in the middle of flows of the world. That’s why we need to prayerfully read Scriptures and get re-centered in Christ every single day. When our lifeline is open to God, we are fine wherever we are, whatever we are sent to do.

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Phil. 4:8-9, MSG)

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for creating us in your image.
Help us to remember our origin.
Wash us clean from all the lies of the world.
Fill us with your Spirit.
Be the image within us.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: How does the image overload affect you? How do you deal with it? How do you fill your mind?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you navigate your way in life!

Image courtesy of Esther Gibbons. This post is refurbished from 11/2010. Linking up today with Thought-Provoking Thursdays and Faith Filled Friday.

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  • Sylvia R @ sylvrpen.com

    Hey, Mari-Anna, a pleasant surprise to see you “next door to me.” And on a similar topic to my last post, Magnify THIS! (not the one linked at FFF) What we look at and focus on affects everything we think and do. So true.

    We haven’t had TV service for many years. But. I’m on the internet right now, and can all those same images ever bombard right here as well! It’s always an effort (we need to exert) to disinfect and declutter our view and mind, isn’t it?

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      Nice to see you again, Sylvia! I need to visit your place and read what was your take on this topic! Yes, TV is not the only challenge in this hectic world. And some people are more capable to deal with the image overload than others. God bless you, sis! You are a blessings!

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