Recently, I intentionally started watching less news. This is difficult for someone who has been a lifelong newshound since my 6th grade teacher Mrs. Williams encouraged our class to make an effort to read the newspaper daily to keep abreast of current events. But, news is different nowadays than it used to be when I enrolled in journalism classes at what was then East Texas State University. Radio and television broadcasting has been transformed by streaming, 24/7 programming, and podcasting since the last time I hosted a TV show or spun records on the radio.
Back in my day, we thought MTV and CDs were revolutionary. Change is a constant that sweeps through every facet of our lives. Heck, even my view of God has changed since those wild and crazy days of my youth. But, I digress.
When consuming the news, I have discovered, less is more.
Since not drowning in the news, especially the TV news, I feel better. My blood pressure seems lower. My attitude and outlook on life are better—-more optimistic, less dark and hopeless. Occasionally, I am perusing the local paper while I’m out here in the piney woods tending to Mom after her hip surgery. I’m not doing this everyday. Just mainly on Sundays. And only to catch up on the local headlines. Crazy, right!?!
Over the years, living has taught me to remove the toxins infecting my life. Toxins tend to come in two forms: habits and people. Our habits and other people can hurt us or cause us great damage. Before recovery, I had become a toxin to those who dared to love me. Heck, I had become a toxin to myself. But, by the grace of God, I have been healed and redeemed. So, I know firsthand how important it is for us to be mindful of what and who we allow in our lives.
For me, the daily dose of news I found myself consuming had become toxic. I had to unplug, change the channel, and turn the page. Not hearing all that vitriolic noise is making a big difference in my daily life. And guess what—-the world didn’t quit spinning.
1. How much news are you consuming every day?
2. What toxins are strangling your life that you need to exorcise from your daily living?
3. When will you take action to change the things you need to change and are able to muster the courage to change?
Father God, as You do every day, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Let Your Word be a guiding lamp to my feet. I am grateful that in a world of constant change, You remain the same. Thank You, Lord, for delivering me from addictions. Thank You for Your daily grace and new mercy each morning. Help me be a dash of salt and a beacon of light in the lives of others. Help me be the encouragement others need. For the praise of Your glory. In Jesus’ name, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Devotional Guy™
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