This morning I found myself singing “Bellville Market, the house wife’s choice”, a jingle from CCFM, as I opened my office door! So many times I have found myself singing random songs in my head that I think there must be an iPod in my brain that is stuck on Random. Often when I’m driving I find myself singing the Malawi National Anthem (mad I know). The mole hills outside church have often prompted “I’m a mole and I live in a hole”, although as the mole hills disappeared for a while on their return last week I heard myself trying to sing “the Moles are back on town”, instead of “the Boys are back in town” – although I lack the rock star voice to pull it off.
I’m so shocked at what my brain absorbs when I think I’m not paying attention. James is very harsh about our tongues capacity to praise & curse:
James 3:9-11 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?
So how do I then protect my broken iPod brain from picking up and speaking ‘salt water’, when it seems that so much of my thought life is done without me thinking? Paul suggests purposefully thinking about things that build up our faith:
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
As well as talking to one another in a way that encourages faith:
Ephesians 5:19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.
What we expose ourselves to often shows up in our thinking. May I intentionally surround myself with things that glorify God so that my unthought-about-thoughts follow that same direction.