"Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things."
True, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellence, worthy of praise, what do these things look like in our culture...in our lives? We are forever as a society bombarded by the exact opposite of the definitions of these words. Billboard signs, commercials, magazin
es, books, movies, T.V., music, internet, most of these are aimed not to promote the eight things listed above, but words far below them. False, debasing, deplorable, adulterated, mediocrity, criticize, ugly/hateful, are some, just to name a few. What are you dwelling on? For there is no middle ground. We either dwell on one set of words or the other. There is no gray area and nothing we put into our minds "doesn't really make a difference". Every image, every word we hear or speak is harming or helping us. I was told a story by a friend about a very wise father. The father had
a young son, who he was trying to teach to put only good things into his mind. The father explained it this way. "There is a wolf and a dog living inside of you my son and both are fight
ing for your soul." "Which will win, Father?!" asked the son with concern in his young voice. "The one you feed..." replied his father.
Every choice we make, every step we take, every turn we come to in our road, it all makes a difference. It all hinders or helps. For this is a war, a war for your soul and one side will win you. Which will it be? Ask yourself now, which voice are you lis
tening to? For one will shout at you from every direction, trying to draw your attention away from the still small voice of He who loves you so much, He died rather than to live with out you. So, who are you feeding, the dog or the wolf?