by Macy Johnson
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble,
whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy –
think about such things.”
(Philippians 4:8 NIV)
GIGO is an acronym for Garbage In, Garbage Out. It is a term I kept in my mind’s forefront as I wrote computer programs in COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language) in the 1980’s.
On a recent camping trip I passed by many campers on my walks to the comfort station. Every time, no matter how late or early the hour, garbage on the air waves poured out of one particular truck camper. I heard, “Attorney General this and Attorney General that” in loud complaints as I tiptoed past. I felt I was intruding on a private conversation the vacationer was having with the TV or internet. The Lord nudged me to pray for the camper and myself, to wash us with His righteousness and fill us with His holiness.
I often visited with my parents, when they were alive, as they enjoyed their daily habit of dinner in front of the television. Larry King and broadcasters on cable news networks claimed my parents’ center of attention. I suggested they avoid reports that disturbed them. I wonder if they ever heeded my advice.
My husband and I have decided to not indulge in watching the news on a regular basis. Even the “good” networks, whose opinions we agree with, inadvertently cause me to absorb negative vibes I don’t need.
We long to be satisfied with something, be it conversation, food, drink, or anything that will fill the created holes in our hearts. Whatever I allow into my heart will be spewed all over those around me when I am squeezed.
I will remember to only fill my mind with God’s Truth. I hope you will, too!