I have a confession to make: last week, I did too much “doom scrolling.” I scanned the media for hours, feeding on sad, negative and scary things and I’ve got to stop.

Maybe you did, too.

This summer, I’m on a simple mission to give you the best encouragement I can give. So, I’m writing a series of short posts called Encouragement One-2-One, featuring one good thought, 2 good quotes and one good question.

I’ve got to be more careful about what I feed my mind. I hope this post will encourage you to be careful, too.

One Good Thought

What you feed your mind today, shapes your tomorrow.

Just as your body absorbs what you eat, your mind absorbs what you feed it.

Right now, sad news seems to be everywhere you look, every hour of every day. If there’s not a local disaster, rest assured, you can find one online. Media outlets, political groups and even foreign countries invent news (or twist it) to foster chaos, division and discord.

So be careful about what you feed your mind. Watch what you watch. Think about what you read. Evaluate your media intake. Protect yourself.

Here’s why: your mind is incredibly powerful.

As a survival tactic, your mind collects far more negative input than positive. This leaves it more vulnerable to negativity. Like a computer, it stores and uses this information. But unlike a computer, it’s hard to delete information once it’s there.

Whatever you put into your mind has a residual, compounding effect on your future decisions.

Since this is how your mind works, it’s essential to feed it a steady diet of positive things on purpose. (Phil 4:7-9)

Ways to keep a positive mind in a negative world:

  • Read positive: uplifting posts & inspiring books.
  • Limit negative media/images. Remember GIGO: garbage in, garbage out. Author Tony Robbins says, “Whatever you hold in your mind consistently is exactly what you will experience in your life.”
  • Listen to uplifting music. Music stimulates your brain more than any other stimuli. (This music video is incredible)
  • Expand your knowledge. (Check out Jon Gordon’s “Positive U” or The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast)
  • Be thankful. Thank God for your blessings for 10 minutes straight. 10 minutes of total, 100% gratitude takes effort, but it’s a day-changer.
  • Feed on the Gospel daily. It’s positive. It lasts. It is always true. And the Good News it’s the best news you will ever hear (see Eph. 1:3-14).

Feeding on God’s Word today, shapes your tomorrow.

2 Good Quotes

“Be positive. Your mind is more powerful than you think. What is down in the well comes up in the bucket. Fill yourself with positive things.” – Tony Dungy

“Your teachings are wonderful, and I respect them all. Understanding your word brings light to the minds of ordinary people.” (Ps. 119:129-130)

1 Good Question

What good, uplifting things will you intentionally feed your mind this week? How? (Brainstorm and then share it with us in the comments section) What will you choose not to feed it?

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