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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Sept. 30, 2010 - The Wellspring of Life

By Jerry Scott

Melina, a young woman who works in our office, reminds me frequently about taking care of my physical health. Last year at Christmas she gave me a book, YOU: The Owner’s Manual, which outlines the basic principles of healthy living. As a result of getting educated, I do not drink diet sodas or catch a quick burger for lunch very often these days. I have a better understanding that “junk” food is called that for a good reason! Over time, I have retrained my tastes so that I no longer enjoy a fast food meal, preferring the complex flavors of a great salad — really! Now if only I could get myself disciplined to exercise more regularly.

As surely as the body will grow diseased when fed a constant diet that is high in fat, sugar, salt and carbohydrates, the soul that is fed a steady diet of TV sit-coms and pop music will not grow deep in the ways of the Lord and will develop spiritual malaise. I know how easy it is to get home weary from the day and to flip on the TV and let two or three hours go by thoughtlessly. The flow of images and sounds from that box distracts us from the problems of the day or offers us a brief escape into other worlds. It’s not all bad! Some programs inform us; others teach us. But many are truly “junk food” that feed us materialism, greed and lust.

Then, too, let me ask what is the soundtrack of your life? Most of us are not consciously aware of the music that underlies the movies or TV programs we watch. The soundtrack is just part of the background, but it makes a huge difference in the way we “see” the story of life. Music is everywhere today. Our vehicles have music systems that let us enjoy a mobile concert hall while we travel. Stores play music while we shop. Many of our homes are filled with music. What’s playing right now? I am not speaking so much to the style of music as I am the content. If the soundtrack of your life is full of sex, rage and/or despair — as so much popular music is today — it will most certainly have a negative effect on your spirit.

God’s Word urges us to pursue a good diet for the soul: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly” (2 Timothy 2:15,16, NIV)

Do you want to be more creative? Do you want to really know how to worship the living Lord in a way that goes beyond superficial emotions? Do you want to be able to overcome sin and live a noble and holy life that honors God?

Start by choosing to nourish your spirit with good food. “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Washington (N.J.) Assembly of God.

 

 

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