Pastor Craig T. Owens
Calvary Assembly of God
810 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs
Many people started out 2012 with a list of things they wanted to do to improve their lives. They made resolutions to stop smoking, eat better, exercise more, reduce stress, lower their cholesterol, and other healthy life choices.
I think all of these are wonderful choices, and if you made one of these commitments, I hope you are following through on it. But just as the saying is true, “You are what you eat,” I believe it’s also true, “You are what you read.”
What are you reading? I have learned the immense value of giving my mind good things to read. Consuming healthy mind food does several things for us –
(1) It gives us a new perspective on our world. It’s always helpful when we can see things from other points of view.
(2) Reading provides support to follow through on commitments we have made. I love reading encouraging quotes, or fascinating life stories of those who have overcome the odds.
(3) Reading – especially biographies – allows you to learn from others’ mistakes and accomplishments. Of course, you could always learn from your own mistakes, but I find it far less painful to learn from others!
(4) Learning new things keeps your mind fresh. More and more studies are beginning to show that a mind that is constantly learning fights off diseases of the brain such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Just as you know you should choose your food diet carefully, you should choose your mind diet just as carefully. I like to use this passage from the Bible as my criteria for my mind food: 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).
Here’s to a happier, healthier 2012 for your mind!