Transformed in My Mental Health
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. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV)
You are what you think about. Proverbs 23:7 NKJV tells us, “For as a [man] thinks in his heart, so is he.”
You’ve probably hear the phrase about computer processing, “garbage in, garbage out.” The same is true with your mind. Put garbage in – the types of movies you watch, the internet sites you visit, the music you listen to, the magazines you browse, the books you read – and the output of your life will be garbage too.
So how can you keep the “garbage” out of your mind? You can’t just empty your mind of bad thoughts. You must deliberately replace them with something else. Vacuums do not exit naturally in the world, they are artificially created. If you create a vacuum, something fills it. For instance, your gas tank is never empty; it’s either filled with gas or with air. The gas replaces the air, the air replaces the gas. Something will always fill a void. Our minds will always be filled with something, but we get to choose what fills them. So what type of thoughts do you fill your mind with?
Here’s God’s list: “, 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.” The end result is God’s peace in your heart. The bottom line is that if a thought doesn’t pass this test, don’t allow it in your mind. That’s easier said than done, which is why the end of the verse says, “put it into practice!.” God gave you a filter that brings peace of mind. Practice using it every day!
(Transformed: How God Changes Us by Rick Warren)