Keeping the hairy gorilla out

Several people pointed out to me recently how much bad news and trauma are coming at them every single day.

Can you relate?

It seems that every time you turn on the radio, scroll social media, or watch the news, you hear about some catastrophe, murder, or story of society-gone-wrong.

The question I’m asked is this: “Do you think there’s more bad stuff happening these days, or do we just hear about it more than we used to because of instant reporting and the internet?”

Today’s devotional isn’t about answering that question. But I do want to highlight how the bad news and trauma in the world can be, in a weird way, like a car crash on the side of the highway. It’s hard to look away.

And then we make it worse by watching shows and movies or consuming media and music that seem to revel in death and darkness.

Hopefully you don’t think I’m hyper-sensitive. I’m not. I get my fair share of news, art, and culture as much as the next guy.

But I’ve come to learn that what we watch, read and listen to is a diet. Just how the food you put into your body impacts your well-being, the radio, books, social media, and news you consume impact your well-being in an even bigger way.

My point is this:

Watch your diet… your invisible diet.

  • If you don’t want violent nightmares, don’t watch shows that glorify killing.
  • If you don’t want to keep beating yourself up, don’t spend so much time on Facebook comparing yourself to other people.
  • If you don’t want a hairy gorilla in your house, don’t open the door!

Proverbs 26:11 comes to mind: “As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.”

If you struggle with dark and heavy feelings, and also have a news, social media and radio diet of junk, don’t keep going back for more.

Watch your diet.

A healthier you is waiting to say thanks and lead you to a more joy-filled life.

By Matthew Ruttan

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