Last week we discussed forgiveness and this week we are going to talk about integrity and what influences are in our life.
I will not tolerate evil influences even in the most justifiable form, in myself or my home, but will embrace and encourage a life of purity.
This chapter talked a lot about what we put into our minds, whether it is from TV, radio or books. Are you confused on how this relates to integrity? I was at too, at first! I found that the focus of this chapter was more about the influences in our home and life (but I guess that the integrity part would be that whatever you watch or listen to, you would not be embarassed or ashamed if people know you partook of it). Anyways, when we discussed it at church, we talked about magazines and the influence on us. Fashion magazines can be a great resource, but they can also be a hindrance. Have you ever wanted to change your appearance because of a picture you saw in a magazine? Have you tried a new diet just because someone said it worked for them? It could be a good thing to try a healthy diet, but you shouldn’t try to change your appearance or who you are just because a magazine says so.
My personal takeaway was more about what I watch on TV. I realized that some of the reality TV that I watch was affecting both my language and my emotions. Crazy emotional outbursts may be hilarious to watch, but they are not fun to relive at home. I have decided to stop watching certain shows, and more carefully choose the music that I listen to. How are you going to practice integrity in your home? Are there any evil influences that you need to keep out of your life?
In this post I reference the book The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer.