Okay well, this one is shorter, sorta.
I have often been sucked in to focusing on the things of the world, then I am left wondering why my faith sags.
I am intrigued by videos about Planet X, radical Muslim terrorists, the evils of Trudeau, the dangers of vaccinations, the domination of the world by evil globalists, corrupt American politics, alien abductions, chem trails, the Kennedy assassination, and conspiracy theories of every kind. Did you know that Michelle Obama is a man?
It’s kind of fun in a way and it’s entertaining, but it’s also time-consuming and very addictive.
Warning: Don’t ever search for videos about Russian road rage. You can loose four hours of your life in a heart beat!
All that stuff is somehow attractive to us, it is titillating entertainment. It’s like slowing down at a crash scene to have a better look. Sometimes I catch myself watching videos for hours, mesmerized. Hmmm… there is entertainment value, but.. it’s not all good.
Focusing on the things of the world has a down side. Beyond being a total waste of time, this crap fills your head with the garbage of the world. Not good. And there’s no end to it. Today Trump does X Y and Z, and tomorrow, there’s a new prediction of global disaster.
Paul tells us what we ought to think about, if we want to experience God’s peace.
He says if we focus on things that are pure, lovely, and of good repute, that we will have peace… we will have “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding”.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
If you have a few minutes and you wanna hear me try to explain this in audio format, turn up your speakers and click on the player below.