The truth is, what we allow in our lives can pull a trigger and influence what comes out of our lives. It can pull a trigger to the thoughts that fill our minds.
I struggle with fear and worry. I pray daily that God will equip me to not allow those thoughts in my life, but I have to do my part and not open the door to them in my life. I do not watch scary movies, I just cannot. Watching scary movies opens the door of worry and anxiety in my life and causes me to dwell on those images. When everyone is talking about the latest scary movie and how well done it was I ask myself, “What does it do for me?” and realize that watching it is not the best decision. The same goes for the music that I listen to.
This is hard because no one person is the same. Every person will have different opinions to what allowing certain things in their life does for them. God has called us to be diligent about watching over our hearts and what we are allowing into our lives. We need to guard our mind and hearts against all attacks of the enemy, even the ones that are seemingly harmless, like media. I believe it is equally important that we are sensitive to the hearts of others around us. We are called to edify the people around us, to help spur them on with their walk with Christ. If one thing is too much for someone in our family, then the choice to not allow it should be easy. We want to help build each other up. We want to guard the hearts of our family as much as we want to guard our own heart.
So to my children, I do not have a yes or no for you here. Instead I have, “let’s talk about this and figure out what it does for you.” I want you to be pro-active about protecting the windows into your soul. I want you to be charged with guarding your heart. There will be some things that we do not allow in our house for the protection of every member of the family’s heart. As a family we will be sensitive to each individual’s heart. Whatever you watch and whatever you listen to I want you to be guided by the question we always ask, “Does this benefit me?” Rather than having a list of what you can and cannot watch, what you can and cannot listen to, I want you to know the power that media has in influencing our lives. I want you to recognize that power and be diligent about protecting your heart.
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”