BY LEANN DILBECK –
Even though it has been a couple of years since new menu items were implemented on our kids in school, it seems at the start of every year, the subject is still coming up… at least in the Mom circles. Most kids are used to eating the processed foods and while they do eat a limited amount of fresh fruits or vegetables, they are not used to a big variety of them…and they certainly don’t prefer them to say a “Little Debbie.” Our eating habits, as a society, have become deplorable. Not just in WHAT we eat but how MUCH. The effects of which can be seen in all of our health.
Can the same not also be said of our spiritual health as well? Garbage in will equal garbage out. With the amount of filth in the world today, it takes a genuine effort by Christian parents to block some of the messages that are being fed to our children through TV, internet, music or video games and make a conscious effort to fill their minds with God’s truths. But we have to be clever in doing so because few children want to do something just “because it’s good for them.” But the same can also be said for adults.
Because our world is so enundated with the wrong messages, it takes greater effort to feed your mind the right messages. The Enemy is so cunning in how he packages his lies and destructive messages that if we don’t make a conscious effort to stay within God’s truths, we can be consumed with worldly values and sadly, in today’s world, they don’t reflect His. 2 Timothy 2:22 says “Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.”
I choose to live in a bubble and have raised my kids in that same bubble. It’s a conscious choice to be ignorant of some of the filth that is in today’s world. However, we don’t need to be ignorant of the fact that the smut is out there but instead focus our minds to seeking God…not just seeking…but have a hunger for that which is good for us. God’s word is food for the soul. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” – Deuteronomy 6:5
We can’t protect our children from everything but we have such a short time with them to build a foundation and a value system that will enable and empower them to face the world. They can’t discern what is good for them as children, that is our job as parents. But a strong relationship with the Lord and the Holy Spirit within their hearts can give them the confidence to reject the temptations the world feeds them. Much like the wrong choices in food…those sinfully delectable ones that taste so good and so sweet but within a short time will leave you hungry again and wanting more…the wrong choices in life that seem so enjoyable and pleasurable at the time will leave you the same way in a short time…feeling empty and wanting more.
So I say again, garbage in will equal garbage out. It takes more effort because of the world we live in today but we have to use filters to navigate through the junk and always keep a hungry heart seeking God and His truths. He can guide and give the discernment to know if what we are hearing, seeing, reading is of Him…whether it’s funny or entertaining or not. The Enemy has been so manipulative in his presentation to us and so many people are hungry for that instant gratification that they have become misled. It takes commitment, hard-work, and focus to keep our eyes on Him but when we do, we will be abundantly blessed. You may think those hard choices you make…maybe as a parent are not noticed…but ALL are seen by the eyes of God and are mighty in His heart.
Nourish your soul and that of your family’s with God’s truths…His word is the real “soul food.”