We have been enjoying some very nice spring weather here. The weather has brought out all kinds of creatures. There are plenty of bugs coming out from hiding. As long as they stay out of my house they won't meet the same fate as the giant spider the other day! (I am forever grateful to the inventor of fly swatters.) The trees are beginning to bud. I have even found some flowers in the back yard. There are signs of growth everywhere and it has me thinking about what I would like to see grow in my own life.
I want to be like the tree in Psalm 1:3 " He will be like a tree firmly planted by the streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and its leaf does not whither; and in whatever he does, he prospers." I want to be firmly planted and yield an abundance of fruit in my relationship with God. The kind of fruit I am looking to yield can be found in Galatians 5: 22 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." In order to do this I need to have the proper nutrients just like any tree does. If I am properly nourished I will grow and be able to bear good fruit. You know that saying, what you feed grows? As I sit here thinking about what kind of fruit tree I would like to be, I have to consider what am I feeding on?
This life offers many opportunities to feed. We can feed on or fill our minds with, what we find on the internet. There is always something on the television we can feed on. We can fill our minds with lyrics to any number of songs that we hear on the radio. We can even allow our minds to feed on the words of other people. These things offer both good and bad ways of feeding. The internet, television, and radio offer televangelists, christian songs, and family movies. They also offer pornography, Rush Limbaugh, and reality television. The people we surround ourselves with can offer both positive and negative things to feed our thoughts. They have the opportunity to feed us encouragement, love, and wisdom. They also have the opportunity to feed us gossip, criticism, and judgement.
When I was a kid my mom would often say, "Input, output, what goes in is what comes out". It's true. What we allow into our thoughts is what will come out of us. If I want to be this tree and bear this fruit then I need to guard what I am feeding on. I need to guard what I am allowing into my thoughts. Philippians 4: 8 says this, " Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things". This verse describes what I need to be feeding on in addition to God's Word in order to be a firmly planted tree and bear good fruit.
The season of spring is a season of growth. What are you growing? Look at what you are feeding on and you will have your answer. Will you join me in making a conscious effort to be mindful of what I feed on? Perhaps we could use the verse from Philippians as a way to measure what we allow into our thoughts. If it doesn't line up it doesn't get in.