Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
A few weeks ago, I was driving a van full of high school kids from Pennsylvania to Alabama for a leadership conference. During the drive, we listened to a bunch of different music. Some I recognized and some I didn’t. Being the driver, though, has its privileges and I got to choose most of the musical selections!
Not only was I shocked that high school kids knew the words to many of the songs which I chose (not all of the songs were faith-based), but I was shocked by how many songs I could sing word for word. I was very impressed with them, and with myself! Then it hit me. I knew more lyrics to secular songs than I do verses from the Bible! I spent more time singing songs in my head than reading, or even meditating, on God’s Word!
I had thought about this dilemma for the few hours of driving. I wondered about the time I had spent watching TV or listening to the radio, rather than being in God’s Word. I had been taking in a large amount of the secular forms of entertainment instead of taking in Truth and it reflects in my behavior and my perception. The old adage goes, “Garbage in, garbage out”; I had been taking in garbage, and even worse yet, exposing others to the stench!
Remaining in God’s Word and prayer daily provides me with a way to recycle the garbage which I’m exposed to and, through a change of perception, turn that garbage into something which is good and useful to others, something which I can use to build up others; exhort and encourage. In a way, I become a waste recycling plant, through a Biblical worldview, instead of a waste dump (a secular worldview).
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