CQ Synapse August 2012

How can we detach ourselves from the barrage of unnecessary wiggling ads that worm their way on to the various screens we carry in our pockets, purses, and backpacks?

Be Mindful of What’s on Your Mind

By Lyndelle Brower Chiomenti, Editor, CQ Bible Study Guide

Technology has given us more efficient ways to study, travel, compose music, and write poems, love letters, and term papers. Our iPhones, iPads, e-Readers, and laptops flirt with us relentlessly throughout each day to do more, be more, and get somewhere faster. Technology also gives us greater opportunities to investigate thoughts, ideas, and activities we might never have thought about investigating before. Pop-up ads that blink and wink entice us to buy products that promise to help us lose weight, find a mate, or give us the dream body we’ve always wanted.        

So what’s a person to do? How can we detach ourselves from the barrage of unnecessary wiggling ads that worm their way on to the various screens we carry in our pockets, purses, and backpacks? The answer is simple: “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” (Phil. 4:8, NIV). In other words, “What we put into our minds determines what comes out in our words and actions. Paul tells us to program our minds with thoughts that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.”1

Hundreds of years later, another author wrote, “Let us keep our eyes fixed upon Christ, and He will preserve us. Looking unto Jesus, we are safe. Nothing can pluck us out of His hand. In constantly beholding Him, we “are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.’ 2 Corinthians 3:18.2

Just imagine what such a change could make in your life!             
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1. Life Application Bible, (Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers), p. 2153.
2. Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ, p. 72.