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  • Adam Butler

You Reflect What You Consume


What are you allowing yourself to be exposed to? What are you allowing your kids to be exposed to? What we consume says a lot about us, and can have greater impacts on us than we may be inclined to think.

There is a reason why we are not surprised when children who are around other children regularly begin adapting the same lingo and mannerisms as said group of children. For instance, a child who is regularly communing with children who use curse words will likely pick up on the vulgar vocabulary eventually. Likewise, children who grow up with parents who regularly curse will almost inevitably do the same.


Children are easily influenceable. Adults, however, are as well. We may be more apt to discern what influences we allow to sway us in one direction or the other, but we become like that which we consume, regardless.


I heard it posed this way once: we are the sum of the 5 people we surround ourselves with the most. While this is not always the case, it is a general rule of thumb. Similarly, that which we consume regularly also influences our character.


We should not be surprised by the way many men in our society view women; too many have been regularly listening to music which describes women as "bitches" and "whores." Too many women, likewise, have bought into the lies within the media that beauty is based on an unattainable standard. As a result, many men will treat women based on this objectified lie. Men who regularly consume pornography almost inevitably start to expect the same type of exaggerated acting from their partners, which is usually extremely difficult for the woman to replicate. Woman who regularly compare themselves to “influencers” and models on social media (or, as of late, the actors within the aforementioned porn videos) almost inevitably believe the lie that they are not measuring up physically or not able to please their partners.


If we regularly listen to music that promotes violence, foul language, and sex, those things will remain at the forefront of our minds. Thus, we will begin to think on them regularly.


Scripture says otherwise: Proverbs 4:8 says “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.


We ought to be filling our minds with things that are honoring to God. If we fill our minds with filth, our words, actions, and mindsets will begin to reflect it.


“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Proverbs 4:8

Consuming secular entertainment is not wrong by any means, as long as it is honoring to God. However, how different would our lives look if we replaced a portion of the mindless scrolling on social media, and watching pointless videos which do not promote anything but “self-ism”, with entertainment that lifts up and is beneficial to our souls and our minds?


Allow me to challenge you: begin each day filling your mind with what is pleasing to God. Start your day by studying His Word and getting alone with God. Rest in His presence. Then, whatever you normally watch or listen to throughout the day, if it is junk, replace it with something profitable that builds up. Listen to podcasts by Christian thinkers. Listen to worship music that glorifies God rather than man. Watch sermons and debates, in order to learn and grow as a disciple. Think on these things, rather than that which only corrupts and clouds the mind.



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