I decided tonight that you should never base what movies you see solely on other people's opinions of them.
I watched a movie tonight that several friends of mine had seen and raved about. I ended up being a little disappointed with it... The cast was stellar and their performances were applauded. The story line was creative and engaging. It wasn't any of those things.
You see, I have this idea that what you put in comes back out. It's not so novel, really. I mean, if you pour milk in a glass and then spill the glass, milk will come out. If you pour vinegar in a glass and spill it, vinegar will spill out, not milk.
That may all seem very elementary, but to me the same principle applies with our hearts. The things that you pour in are the things you read, watch, listen to, talk about. The things that come out are your words and actions and attitudes. You get out what you put in...
When we were first married, there was a sitcom my husband and I enjoyed watching reruns of. It was a popular show, still is, about a family with several children. However, in this particular show, the husband and wife were often very demeaning to each other. After months of watching it on a regular basis, my husband and I noticed that we were making cutting remarks toward one another. Now, humor has always been a common bond between us, but never at the other person's expense. This was different.
After a little thought, we asked, "Do you think that show is influencing the way we talk to each other?" It seemed silly, but we decided to stop viewing the program for awhile and see if it made any difference. Oddly enough, the demeaning humor seemed to fade away.
Now this isn't to say that we never watched the show again, or threw our TV out, or any other extreme response. We still occasionally watch the aforementioned sitcom. But the principle is still important, and it's what remains pertinent in our lives.
The whole concept may seem silly or naive to you. That's okay. It works for us. And for me, I would rather be naive than fill myself with debris to be poured out later on those around me.
Do you not like the things that are coming out of you? Your words? Actions? Habits? Attitudes? Take a close look at what's going in...
"You will harvest what you plant." Galatians 6:7