Recently I have had a little song that I used to sing to my children and my Sunday school class rolling around in my brain. Do you ever have those times when a song gets stuck in your head out of the blue and you know that you haven’t even heard it lately? It’s a curious thing.
The song is a simple one really, with just a few little verses that help to train our children. The message simple and clear. Why is this song in my head and where did thoughts of it come from?
My children are all grown and out of the house now. I began to remember how long ago it was that we sang it together and the little hand motions used to make it fun and commit it to memory.
Covering our eyes, ears and mouth with our hands, waving our hands and marching with our feet to the verses.
Okay, now some of you will have it stuck in your head too. It really isn’t such a bad little song to be stuck with for a few days. Perhaps it can help us to ponder its truths in application to our adult lives.
Maybe it can instruct and caution us with its truths. When you think about it, the first two verses are warnings that effect all the other three in our lives. Are we taking care of what our eyes see and our ears hear?
With so much information flying around at us from every direction, it can be extremely hard to guard ourselves these days. Children are exposed to so many things through the TV and the internet that it is no wonder the world is in such a state.
Their little brains are sponges soaking up all sorts of images. They hear things they ought not hear, things that will affect their being as adults and their behaviors throughout their lifetime.
We internalize everything that we allow to take in from these two sources. It becomes part of the whole of our thinking and our behaviors. It is not just our children at risk here, so special carefulness is required, and yes the Father up above is looking down in love.
To internalize is
: to make (something, such as an idea or an attitude) an important part of the kind of person you are
: to give a subjective character to; specifically : to incorporate (as values or patterns of culture) within the self as conscious or subconscious guiding principles through learning or socialization
So much of our information today taken in by these two vehicles, our eyes and ears, come from the hours spent on our phones, computers and social media. mankind’s progress has placed us in an unprecedented situation, one that required a large-scale filtering system.
Maybe we should wake each morning singing this little song and re-committing its messages to memory.
Lord help us to remember the truths King David wrote about.
“I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes:”
Psalms 101: 2 – 3
What are you doing to protect yourself, your children and grandchildren from destructive information? Are you spending enough time in Gods word and his truths to filter and protect yourself?