(From forthcoming book “Lord, Keep My Mind Clean: Teen Edition” Summer 2021).
Philippians 4:8 (KJV) “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Twitter. SnapChat. Vine. Instagram. More impressively, we can access the World Wide Web in the palm of our hands. Unfortunately, “Reading Rainbow” is not the only medium that can take you and me “anywhere.” Google can, too —and much faster than any book.
We cannot escape seeing everything about everything around us. We see people post pictures of what they ate for dinner. We can learn how to play the piano on YouTube — or how to do the Whip & Nae Snap Chat.
Unfortunately, endless images, videos and chat boxes comes with media companies that own companies that produce adult content. Who would think that a company that boasts the largest collection of pornography (Pornhub) would be owned by a company with a seemingly benign and nerdish name like Mindgeek? Unfortunately, this is true.
What does this mean? It means if you are 12, 13 or 14 you live in an endless merry-go-round of news, media and entertainment stories that will cover everything from where to buy the best nuts to what Kylie Jenner wore to her birthday party. More access and more information are not always better for our minds.
Think about it. Our devices are now letting us know how much time we spend on them. Every Sunday at around 9:23 a.m. I’m being told whether my screen time was up or down from the previous week.
Do you really need to know who is doing the best twerk? Or would it be better to spend some time talking with your younger brother, older sister or parents?
Go outside and play basketball. Grab some ice cream with your siblings. Try your hand at the guitar. Even better, take some time to read the Word of God and find out more about His plans for your life. (Spoiler alert: His plans don’t include you setting a record for the most Tweets in a week)
Jeremiah 11:29 (ERV) “I say this because I know the plans that I have for you.” This message is from the Lord. “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future.”
Andrae P. Crismon, Sr. is the pastor of Higher Ground Worship Center COGIC in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is also the author of “Lord, Keep My Mind Clean: A 31 Day Devotional & Accountability Journal” and “Pastor on Post: 30 Devotionals As Published in the Murfreesboro Post”. More information about Pastor Drae can be found at andraecrismon.org