Choosing what I See



Today's prompt from Lisa Jo for her Five Minute Friday is "Choose."  Please check out her site for the rules and to participate.

Ready... Set.... Go!

Choosing what I put in front of my eyes has been a decision I have not taken lightly.

Some people watch movies with vampires and horrid violence against the innocent.
Others read books with love scenes that should be kept between the two married lovers and their own bedroom.

I'm had some discussions lately about the shows I like to watch or the books I like to read.  I'm a little odd in that I don't follow the "trends."

I like happy endings.  I like predictable.  I like the hero's that fight for justice and the underdog and don't stop until they make the wrong right.

Watching or reading things with evil connotations in them allows those things to enter the crevices of my brain and take root and grow.

I notice soon after observing something of a nasty or evil nature that my attitude changes and I feel different deep inside.  It's like a gnawing deep within that tells me, "that was wrong."  It eats at me and interrupts my sleep with bad dreams.  It changes my tune for the day and makes my smile turn upside down.

I don't like my days to be affected in that way.  So, I choose to put things in front of my eyes that I know are pleasing to God and therefore myself.

I'm not perfect at it.  Sometimes I start something thinking it's okay and then it ends up being oh so not okay.

This is for me and how I choose to live my life.  Those things may not affect you.  But for me, I choose to only allow (as much as I can  control) things that are only pleasing to God into my heart, mind and soul so they may rest and be at peace.

Stop.

However, I must add the following verse because it is what guides me on what I watch or read:

"Finally, brothers and sisters, 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 NIV


PS:  I'm linking up with Spiritual Sundays as well.

7 comments

  1. I just had a conversation with one of my children about this very thing. Thank you for your perspective.

    Stopping by from Five Minute Friday.

    Debra

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  2. Thank you for this reminder Stacey. I love the Hallmark channel for their wholesome movies :) Hugs to you, FMF friend!

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  3. I think it is a wise choice to allow only positive things to enter the mind.I watch no movies,don't want to and would likely fall asleep if I did.

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  4. Knowing what works for you is always a good thing.

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  5. These are my feelings exactly.
    There is a saying about Garbage in, garbage out.
    That stuff just stays in my head...no good.
    There is so much wisdom in that verse.
    Sue

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  6. i thought the same thing as photowannabe when i read this... and you are 100 percent right, yet i do watch things that i should not. with TV and movies i don't think there is anything at all that Jesus would watch if he were here... yet i love movies and do watch them. i don't watch the horror shows but i do love the action movies and I do believe they are bad for us to watch... even the comedy's are all about sex, every one of them. the days of Andy Griffin are gone ...

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  7. I don't like watching or reading anything violent. I like to stay in my 'happy bubble'. That's why I tend not to watch or listen to the news either. It's so depressing. But let me tell you, your beautiful purple makes me think of spring - and THAT makes me very happy! :)
    Hope you are keeping well Stacey!
    xo Catherine

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