When you look at a donut, do you see the donut, or the
hole? How about when you have before you
the news in whatever form you read it, do you get an automatic frown on your
face that you might not realize? Your
perspective is influenced by what you put into your mind and what becomes your
perspective will certainly be expressed not only in your words, but also
through your health. “For as he thinks
in his heart, so is he,” reads Proverbs 23:7.
In the days in which we are living that are full of
challenges and threats of destruction in various ways, if we are not careful,
we can focus too much on what we should avoid.
As with many things, finding the right balance is the key to a good
life. I have witnessed what too much of
a focus on the news does to the mind and the body among those who are glued
especially to watching certain news channels.
A state of anxiety of their mind develops and worsens while their health
problems also deteriorate. Those who
have hypertension and diabetes most definitely experience worse control of
their conditions due to the stress hormones that are released in greater quantities
when we are stressed from whatever the source.
Why should one choose to place themselves in an environment of continual
stress when that little button on the remote control can shut it down quickly?
Having too much news about
things that you cannot control anyway can make you pessimistic and sarcastic
while leaving you depressed and passive.
Your creativity will be stifled if you get all of your thoughts from
what someone else tells you to think while you do not do any thinking for
yourself. Think about your time wasted
if you cannot seem to live except to check all the various devices that supply
the latest information all the day long.
Do not believe the suggestion that if you have more information you could
be economically better off because if that were true, you would expect
journalists to be wealthy. You can have
in front of you everything you really need, but lose focus if you allow bad
seeds to take root while not tending to the crop you really want. “Now he who received
seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and
the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful”
Now, I am not saying that we should be ignorant of the
times because we are supposed to be aware of our environment. In Hosea 4:6, it says that “My people are
destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
Therefore, it is a balance that we should seek in which we are informed,
but not to excess. There is so much
information available to almost everyone; we can easily get overloaded with it
all. Only God can handle knowing
everything about everything and it is best left to Him to do that. We will fail miserably and be humbled if we
attempt to try to do so ourselves. If
you feel like your balance of information that you allow yourself to receive is
overloading you, then cut it back and make the decision this new year ahead to
keep your focus on the things that are important and in the proper
balance. What you allow to occur in your
own home is no one’s fault but yours.
What you choose to focus on is what you will achieve and what you will