I am reading this phenomenal book called Keep It Shut, by Karen Ehman. I have mentioned that at least forty times on here, I know, but I cannot stress enough how amazing this book is. I thought I would be done by now, but I am forcing myself to read it slowly, one chapter at a time.
With a title like that, you would assume that it's all on the mouth and the damage it can do. And boy, can it!
But she addresses our heart a lot in this book. Because truly, out of the overflow of our heart, our mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45, HCSB translation)
I know that I am always preaching this to my boys, but have I ever really thought about that statement, in terms of myself? I don't know that I have. I have this philosophy that goes along with this verse, and that is this: garbage in, garbage out.
What we fill our minds is also what comes out of our mouths. So what am I filling my mind with? Only with things that point to Jesus? No.
But I'm learning this process, and that is that everything I do should be honoring to God. The books I read, the movies and television shows I watch (OUCH!), the music I listen to, the way I treat my family when nobody is watching~all of these things should be pointing toward Jesus. If that is not the case, then I should not fill my mind or my heart with them.
And then this morning happened. I opened up my Bible study homework to Second Timothy Two.
All I can do is write it out for you to read for yourself. I am reading from the NASB translation.