Every wo(man) is a reflection of the things she focuses her attention on. Simply put, attention is the medium of exchange. The bible puts it this ways, “ Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces” (Prov 13:20 MSG). We are all responsible for our environment, and if we must have meaningful lives, we must deliberate about our lives.
Since man is a reflection of the things he focuses on, we have to be deliberate about the things we hear, see and ponder on. There are two gateways to the heart- the eyes and the ears. We must pay attention to the things we let into our hearts by manning our gateways (eyes and ears) effectively.
It’s not just enough to keep the wrong things out, we must be deliberate in letting the right things in. Well, what are the right things to ponder on?
“For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honourable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]”‘. (Philippians 4: 8 AMP)
If you ever catch yourself dwelling on those things that do not fall into any of the categories listed above, quickly forsake those thoughts. “As a man thinks in his heart, as he continues to think so does he become”
Be deliberate about you. You are your responsibility. Guard your heart diligently. Keep watch over gets in.