Protect Your Imagination

So we obviously all have a lot of time on our hands. I definitely have a lot of time on mine. I live alone in a big house. I’ve used a lot of this time wisely. Mainly I’ve connected a lot more with friends over the phone. It has been so amazing. But I have also spent a lot of time on less useful activities, like watched Netflix and everything interesting I can find on cable.

Don’t get me wrong, I think some of that can be good. I’ve enjoyed watching the new Chicago Bulls documentary. I like every bit of content about Alaska on the National Geographic channel. But I can also get to watching too many things that are dark in nature. Action and adventure shows/movies that involve a lot of killing and other devastating behavior.

I’ve started to notice that this kind of content has a major effect on my mood and outlook on life. This isn’t a new idea I’ve had either. If you’ve ever seen the movie Casino you would know that it has a very, very violent ending. I remember being about 10 years old and in the room while the movie was on. And I saw the ending kind of by accident and immediately burst into tears. It hit me to my very core. I look back on it as a very traumatic moment. I love Martin Scorsese and Casino is a great movie, but I can’t watch the ending now to this day.

I was reading “Walking with God” by John Eldredge and came across this passage:

“But the world has assaulted it, through all the dark movies and images that fill our culture. I think we need to be careful what we take in so we can have a holy imagination.”

This makes a lot of sense. There is this idea that everything that your brain interprets stays with you forever. It sits somewhere deep inside of you. You won’t think of most of the things you ever again. But everything you take in has the ability to stay with you and affect you in the future.

I think we need to take that idea very, very seriously. Especially if you believe in an eternal soul as I do. Because every single episode of Gossip Girl or The Bachelor that you watch will stay with your soul for all of eternity. These shows can be a great distraction from certain things, but the idea that they will stay with me forever is a little disheartening.

I took some time this week to engage in more meaningful activities. I haven’t watched any TV shows/movies. I’ve only listened to uplifting Christian music. I’ve spent my time writing, reading the Bible, talking with friends on the phone, walking/running, listening to sermons. I have felt so good all week! My energy has been higher. I wake up with nice thoughts of hope in the morning. And it hasn’t even been that hard to leave that other content behind. It’s easy to move forward when you have faith, hope, and love.

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