Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Does Watching TV Make You Less Fearful?

"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." (2 Tim 1:7)

Battling fears is everyday work for husbands and fathers.  Paul reminds Timothy that God does not make us timid and fearful and weak -- but powerful to love others.  (Quick sidebar: it's curious to me that Paul does not say that the Spirit God gave us makes us super-intelligent, perfectly eloquent, with six-pack abs!)

My observation is that a lot of television, radio, newspapers, blogs, and Facebook time is pumping things into our minds and heats that provokes timidity, fearfulness, anger, frustration, hopelessness.  We tolerate this because we've been convinced that we should be "well informed."  Instead of well informed, we're badly skewed, pushed off-balance, easy marks for foolishness.

Let us come to the news of the day with discernment and confidence in God's sovereign work.  That means a regular diet of the Word, of gratitude, of remembering God's faithfulness in our own lives.

Build yourself up by putting good things into your mind and heart.  Here's one example, Casting Crowns' new song "We Were Made To Be Courageous":

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