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GO GREEN, YOUNG MAN, GO GREEN
by Laraine Hemrick Horney
04/11/09
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I was reading some very interesting articles about ways to go green to impact the ecosystem of our planet. I listen and enter into discussions at work, and am making changes at home as I become aware of things that I can do. For sure, I don’t want the “Eco Police” to tell me what I have to do, but I want to make choices as I become more knowledgeable. I want to be wise in my approach to this issue, or it too can become simply a “works trip”.

But the thought occurred to me today: Shouldn’t we also go green in our mind? I wonder, if we could measure emissions of the thoughts we entertain or the words spoken in anger…. How would they affect the ozone layer!

Remember the old saying: “you are what you eat”? What about “You are what you think.” If we began to be more aware of the affect that what we expose our minds to, through our entertainment (movies, television, DVD’s, magazines, music, etc) we could start there to clean up our act, so to speak.

Then, we could go to work on our “thoughts”, you see there may be even more to the scripture that admonishes us to bring our thoughts captive… and a whole new layer of understanding in the Word when it says “Whatever is pure and right and lovely and of good repute, let your mind dwell on these things.”

Some things we could do:

O We could allow the Holy Spirit to root around in our attic of stored memories and do some housecleaning.
O We could make choices to dwell in unity within the home, within our church. Not sweeping problems under the rug, but facing them and dealing with them in a peaceful manner.
O Turn off the TV and enjoy a board-game night or Bible study with family and friends.
O We could focus on a night of prayer rather than a night of poker, or a day of service in the community rather than a day of shopping – making choices to give of ourselves rather than just serve self.
O Surrender to God and allow Him to renew our minds.
O Abide in the Word, allowing it to cleanse and heal our hearts and our spirits, allowing God to transform and conform us into His image.

If we allow God to begin a work in us first, just think what He could do in our homes, in our communities, our nation, our world!

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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