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Garbage In, Garbage Out
Pastor Joe

Verse:
 

"I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me." Psalm 101:3

 
Lesson:
 

Though David says "nothing wicked before my eyes," I'm going to go ahead and say ears and mind as well. I'm guilty of it like most of us who are all horrible at what we let ourselves watch, hear, and be a part of.

If I poured some of your favorite drink into a glass, and some into an empty, yet well used trash can, which one would you drink? I would go for the one in the nice clean glass. You know as well as I do that the drink in the trash can is nasty, and we wouldn't want it in our bodies because that dirt and grime would hurt our system.

Well, might I suggest that most of the music we buy, the movies we watch, and the gossip that we take part in has all been thoroughly swished around in a nicely used trash can, thus making most of it just that… TRASH! We then choose to put those filth-ridden items straight into our bodies. If we wouldn't drink the trash can drink because we don't want filth in our bodies, why would we insist on putting this other filth in our bodies so often from select music, movies and conversations.

Of course what this turns into is a little concept known as "Garbage In, Garbage Out." If we put that nasty drink in our systems, the bad stuff is very quickly going to come out, just as nasty as it went in. Just like the drink, the nasty stuff we put in our bodies through our eyes, ears and thoughts, will also soon come out, most likely as something bad. Most of us don't like to admit it, but the things we hear and the things we watch, very much affect the way we act. Is it time to take inventory of our music and movie selection? I encourage us all to do just that.

 
Prayer:
 
"Dear God, fill us with your spirit and your love, help us not to be filled with the trash and waste of the world." - Amen

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