Spiritual Practice


Heather Mead, 22

This summer, I learned that I should not watch scary movies, or at least not too many. I have been afraid to sleep alone in my room at night. Before I go to bed, I turn on the light, close the door, and check to make sure no one is in my room. I’m afraid that I will be one of those people who show up in movies or on the news being raped, killed, or kidnapped.

I’ve also realized that watching shows I find immoral makes my boundaries unclear. Crime shows scare me. Chick flicks make me want to be romantic. Shows, books, and movies affect how I think, talk, act, and feel. It’s crazy!

Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31b (NIV)

Music also affects my mood. I’ve noticed that listening to Christian music brings me peace and reminds me of God’s love and of the lessons I want to teach other people. It helps me minister to others through poetry and Facebook statuses. What I take in affects who I am. Making good choices helps me become the person I want to be.


ACT ON IT: You may think you can handle scary movies or negative music, but remember how they can affect your mind. Be picky when it comes to the media you consume.

-from devozine (May/June 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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