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)
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,
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!Pin It