How’s your diet going?
Your spiritual diet, that is. You’ve heard “garbage in, garbage out” before; the maxims are true. “You are what you eat” whether it’s what you put in your mouth or the things you put in your head.
This morning I was coping with the garbage clogging my mind after a dip into the daily news. Some of it is downright poison. I hate the way some thoughts won’t go away. From back in my memory, a song came to the rescue:
What is right and true
What is lovely too
What is honest and of good reputation
What are excellent ways
What is worthy of praise
Let your mind meditate on these,
Concentrate on these things!*
I wish I could link to an mp3 for you – or better yet, a video of my philosophy professor in college, singing it as he danced about the room and made us learn it, too. The way he added a jazzy lift to the ends of the lines never failed to bring a smile. He was crazy (good crazy), we thought, but we loved him.
I wonder whether T. Grady Spires knew that his most lasting legacy, for me at least, was not philosophical knowledge as much a song that never fails to clear my head of cobwebs and start me looking for the right and true.
I think he’d be pleased.
*Singing is one of the best ways to memorize Scripture! This song isn’t word for word, but it’s close enough to Philippians 4:8 to count.