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David P. Smith: Trade the Fog for Clearer Days Ahead
Monday, January 06, 2014 7:40 AM

When you look at a donut, do you see the donut, or the hole?  How about when you have before you the news in whatever form you read it, do you get an automatic frown on your face that you might not realize?  Your perspective is influenced by what you put into your mind and what becomes your perspective will certainly be expressed not only in your words, but also through your health.  “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he,” reads Proverbs 23:7.  

In the days in which we are living that are full of challenges and threats of destruction in various ways, if we are not careful, we can focus too much on what we should avoid.  As with many things, finding the right balance is the key to a good life.  I have witnessed what too much of a focus on the news does to the mind and the body among those who are glued especially to watching certain news channels.  A state of anxiety of their mind develops and worsens while their health problems also deteriorate.  Those who have hypertension and diabetes most definitely experience worse control of their conditions due to the stress hormones that are released in greater quantities when we are stressed from whatever the source.  Why should one choose to place themselves in an environment of continual stress when that little button on the remote control can shut it down quickly? 

Having too much news about things that you cannot control anyway can make you pessimistic and sarcastic while leaving you depressed and passive.  Your creativity will be stifled if you get all of your thoughts from what someone else tells you to think while you do not do any thinking for yourself.  Think about your time wasted if you cannot seem to live except to check all the various devices that supply the latest information all the day long.  Do not believe the suggestion that if you have more information you could be economically better off because if that were true, you would expect journalists to be wealthy.  You can have in front of you everything you really need, but lose focus if you allow bad seeds to take root while not tending to the crop you really want.  “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful” (Matthew13:22). 

Now, I am not saying that we should be ignorant of the times because we are supposed to be aware of our environment.  In Hosea 4:6, it says that “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”  Therefore, it is a balance that we should seek in which we are informed, but not to excess.  There is so much information available to almost everyone; we can easily get overloaded with it all.  Only God can handle knowing everything about everything and it is best left to Him to do that.  We will fail miserably and be humbled if we attempt to try to do so ourselves.  If you feel like your balance of information that you allow yourself to receive is overloading you, then cut it back and make the decision this new year ahead to keep your focus on the things that are important and in the proper balance.  What you allow to occur in your own home is no one’s fault but yours.  What you choose to focus on is what you will achieve and what you will become.

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