When we became Christians, we knew we had to make changes in our lives. So we’ve turned off the television. We stopped listening to secular music. We no longer read secular books (that should read romance novels and all other genres of popular fiction). We started staying away from certain places… we should have been good, right?
Paul gives some prudent advice in Philippians 4:8 “fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (HCSB)” Sounds easy, right?
But what about the songs with unmentionable lyrics that we hear on our commute to work? Those songs that we would never listen to given a choice?
You know the ones: they always start playing in your head when you’re trying to pray or have worship or go to bed. It’s also true that it’s the most degenerate line that is set on repeat by the DJ in our heads. So, how do we become better guardians of our minds?
To better guard our minds we must first learn to guard our ears and our eyes. These are the portals to our minds. Like Job, we make a covenant to honor God to in our choices. We learn to tune in to our surroundings so that we can filter out that which is incompatible with our identity in Christ.
We practice Philippians 4:8 by questioning everything, including conversations that we hear:
Is it true?
Is it honourable?
Is it right?
Is it pure?
Is it lovely and admirable?
Is it excellent and worthy of praise?
If the thing we’re listening to meets all these criteria then we know we have become good guardians of our minds. What are your tips for guarding the mind?