I was thinking about who we have become…
Our identity influences our habit, and our habitual consumption dictates what we become. We have heard it said, we are what we eat… or, we are what we watch on entertainment… or, we are what we imitate… or, we are what we read.
Are you a couch potato? It’s probably because you acted the role long before the label was attached. Do you have a lot of hate and anger in your life? You are probably paying attention to those who are full of hate and anger already. Disappointment? Constant depression?
Our mind, and hence our being, is influenced by the things we take in as a steady diet. Entertainment. Consumables. Activities. When I wanted to learn to fly, I consumed flying material. Same with Golf. Programming Languages. Archery. Flying became expensive. Golf was a good walk wasted (according to my granddad). After 37 languages I had probably done all the programming I was interested in…
Archery? Well, I still have the Fred Bear Polar II Compound left handed bow and original arrows from the mid-70’s. It’s not worth much. Various websites have it at about 30 bucks. Left handed because I’m left eye dominant. Polar because the Whitetail did not come in left handed model! Draw length is right at 31 inches due to my long arms.
It works. I’m just not into archery any longer. But I can not “Bear” to part with.
Here’s a thought. We are today a sum total of all of our past. Those things we consumed as a steady diet, and those things that happened to us along the way. Illegal and illicit activities have probably tainted our view of the present. Continually acting a certain way will make us react a certain way to the world around us.
Put your attention on the things of this world, and this world will give you plenty to feast on and you will become just like it. Put your attention on the things of God, and your image takes on His nature.
The Apostle Paul, of all the New Testament writers, focused on this a lot. Mostly because he was dealing with many worldly cultures who had not been raised under the mantle of Godly living. His ministry dealt with worldly living habits that did not acknowledge God. Much like our world today.
Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, (Philippians 3:17-20 NKJV)
Take your eyes off the examples of the world, and look to Christ and those who walk in His footsteps. Find a pattern of Godly living. Note those who walk correctly, and those who do not.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
~Helen H. Lemmel, 1922
Notice the ending of Paul’s reference… Our citizenship is in heaven, and that is what I am preparing my life for.
How about you?