Leaving my house the other day, I grabbed my purse, coffee and keys and
stepped out into the garage. I pressed the “unlock” button on my car key, and
the loud “BEEP- BEEP” sounded in response. Shortly afterwards I heard the chime
ring “BEEP-BEEP” once again. “That’s strange” I thought, “I didn’t push the
button again?” I waited for a second in the silence, staring at my keys waiting
for it to malfunction again. Once more I
heard the familiar “BEEP-BEEP” resounding in the morning sky. I glanced over
and noticed a little bird in the tree, echoing the beeping sound back to me. It
was IDENTICAL! How funny. I pressed the lock and unlock button a couple more
times to see if the bird would mirror the sounds again, sure enough with each
BEEP he BEEPED back ever so clearly! He probably didn’t know why he repeated
the noise, it was just something that he heard and it became natural to him to
This peaked my interest: How often are we just like that? We repeat
whatever it is we hear; we mirror whatever is demonstrated to us. We reflect our
surroundings, even though we may not realize it.
Think back to the last time you saw a scary movie…After the movie was
over, what were your thoughts consumed with? Probably scary images from the horror
you just witnessed!
So, if that is the case, then the things we listen to, our circle of
friends, what we watch and read, can deeply affect us….
So why don’t we do something
Why do we STILL listen to depressing or degrading music? Or watch the shows that reflect immorality?
Can anyone honestly say that the shows, that music, those magazines don’t affect
them!? How about the people that you spend time with? After you visit with them, are you lifted up?
We spend time immersed in social media, entertainment, and the things of
this world, and then we cry out to God that we feel LOST, or that He feels far
What would happen if we started to replace those things in our lives with
what could make us more HOLY. The world has enough garbage constantly pulling
us away from who we are supposed to be. Why not set ourselves up for success by
taking charge of the things we CAN control. By surrounding ourselves with His
presence, with His word, we will be equipped to reflect His image, His good and
perfect image; and with it the peace and assurance knowing we are fulfilling our
“And (you) have put on your new self, which is being renewedin knowledge after the image of its Creator” Colossians 3:10