I’m not a big fan of scary movies. I get freaked out from the minute long trailer, so there is no way I’d be able to finish a full-length Horror film without having to lock my doors, hide under the covers and pause the movie several times to get my heart rate back down.
A few friends of mine are really into Horror films and they love analyzing the production value of how they are made. A recent release really captured their attention so they convinced me to watch it. Halfway through (if I even made it to the halfway point) I had to stop the movie and tell them that I had enough and I wasn’t getting anything out of the film. The production of the movie might have been spectacular, but I couldn’t even pay attention to the construction because it just simply frightened me. It had no value to me.
This experience made me realize that I only want to fill my mind with good things. Information that helps me grow into a better person. Information that motivates, inspires, encourages and challenges me. I want to fill my brain with useful information that is honoring to God. Some people can watch Horror movies without being effected, I am not one of them, and I need to behave intelligently by not wasting my time, energy and brainpower on such entertainment.
This blog entry isn’t about whether or not we should watch Horror films; instead it’s about the information in which we fill our minds. Our brain is a valuable asset, and for many of us, it’s one of the most valuable assets we currently have. That means we need to protect it. We need to keep it healthy, vibrant and secure. We need to fill it with fruitful information. We need to be discerning about what content we let enter in and what we allow to be filtered out. Our minds can only hold so much information. If we’re clinging to data that isn’t good, helpful or worthy of our character, then we need to dispose of it to make room for quality information that lifts us up. The Bible says that we need to think about whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy. (Philippians 4:8) Our brain should be filled with insight and knowledge that is nurturing, beneficial, and strengthens us as well as our faith.
Our society bombards us with noise. From the moment we wake up until the second we close our eyes, our brain is absorbing information. What are we going to do with all this information? How are we going to respond to certain types of information? What information are we going to allow to influence us? It’s important to start thinking of this while we’re still young, because the information we’re fed is only going to become more saturated as we become older and as technology becomes more sophisticated.
My challenge is that you analyze all the information you receive – yes ALL of it. Consider what is worthy of your attention and push aside anything that doesn’t carry value to you. Information from your teachers, coaches and parents is important and you should always find space for the information they provide. Insight that God gives you through scripture, bible study, church, friends, etc. is the most important data you can receive, and it must be held on to tightly. After this pertinent information, what else do you have room for? Do you have room for entertainment, social media, friends, nature, work? All these things may have a valuable place in your life, so what information is jamming up your receptors, keeping you from filling your mind with helpful information? Ask yourself why certain information is important. Is it relevant because of what you’re facing in life? Is it important because you’re circle of friends are into it and you want to be in the know? Is it important because you’re learning and growing from it? Or, is it just simply filling empty space that could be filled with more valuable content? You have to be the judge.
I’ve learned from this experience that if I focus on all the information that everyone else thinks I need to cling to, then I’m filling my brain with wasteful ideas which prevent me from filling it with what the Lord wants me to have occupying my mind. Interestingly, other people in my life actually admire me for being cognizant of the information I do allow into my mind. It doesn’t take long until one of them comes to me saying, “I’ve stopped watching this, or reading that or following those people and it’s so freeing.” After letting go of some useless information, it’s easy to realize that we have more brainpower to focus on what is really important in life.
There is always information that you want to keep in mind. There’s information that you want to filter out of your mind and then there is information that’s totally irrelevant to your life and your wellbeing that you don’t even want to allow it into your brain.