Listeners must choose their emotional stations wisely

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments


Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Don Eubank
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

Most drivers enjoy listening to a certain radio station when they’re driving, and if you are fortunate enough to have a programmable radio in your vehicle, you can program in your favorite talk and music stations. This way, when you’re driving down the road, you can select a favorite genre of music or a favorite radio personality to entertain you.

But what (or who) you listen to is important — because you are allowing the music or commentaries to influence what you think.

As the adage goes, “garbage in, garbage out.” If you listen to enough negative music or vulgarity, eventually that type of negativity will begin to infiltrate other areas of your life.

It’s the same with life; if you continue to listen to the little voice inside your head that tells you that you can’t do it or that you’re not smart, eventually you begin to buy in to that lie. It’s like a radio station in your car that never loses reception. Whether you want to listen or not, that voice in your head is constantly on, continuingly commenting, interpreting what’s going on around you, so choose your station wisely.

For some, the station we’re listening to is truly a blast from the past, our own version of cruisin’ with the oldies, except these oldies are the negative messages and perceptions from our childhood. We know every word, every note, every beat of their litany of negativism, all played with an overarching theme of anger, guilt and shame.

No matter how sunny the day is, how open the road, now marvelous the view on the horizon, if we’re listening to that old station, our outlook is clouded and there’s so much noisy, scratchy, irritating static that it’s impossible to tune in to joy and happiness.

Those old negative messages are very much the same for many people: “No matter what, I’m not good enough”; “if people really knew me, they wouldn’t like me”; and “it’s up to me to meet my own needs” are some of most common negative messages we all struggle with. But these old, negative messages are seldom true; they are a “story” we’ve told ourselves, but they are not a true story.

With patience and the help of a wise mentor, we can unravel these old messages and find their origin. In the radiant light of truth, they often lose their strength. This approach also requires perseverance to work through those old messages, unravel and expose them. Once exposed, they are ready to be examined, understood and placed in their proper context.

God never intended for us to have our minds filled with negative, destructive messages. For every lie these messages spew, he holds fast with his truth, which is positive, uplifting, empowering and refreshing.

I encourage you to fill your mind with the positive power of his good words. One of my favorites follows:

“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).

That’s the kind of message I want to listen to!

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