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What Is Consuming You?

Updated: Nov 26, 2021

It’s easy to be distracted by the negative things

For some reason our flesh likes those ‘gossip rings’

Sometimes instead of drawing the darkness to the light

Instead the light loses its luster and thinks it’s all right

But how much brighter things would be

If we would focus our thoughts on the foundation of positivity

If we would fuel our light daily and not just once a week

If we reflected our Lord and Savior whenever we would speak

For if we feed our heart with the pure love of Christ

And take on His positive characteristics slice by slice

Then we, too, would be full of the fruit of the spirit

And would walk confidently and courageously fearless

Every song we listen to, every conversation we have

Every movie or show we watch with or without pizazz

Every limiting belief or externally verbalized put down

All of it affects our spirit and whether we smile or frown

So, if we consume only the things that are positive and good

All will be peachy and perfect – don’t believe that falsehood

Focusing on the encouraging is sometimes a chore

However, the more we work on it, the more our light will soar

Have you ever taken a day and focused on one scripture verse?

One that you’ve meditated on, learned, and even rehearsed?

When I’ve done this, I have found that no matter what comes

That scripture reminds me that I choose the happy beat of my drums

This scripture infuses all that is true, holy, and just

And allows the darkness and the dismay to begin to turn to rust

When I recite and think on the words this particular verse has

Despite how the blues try to come in, it gets overwritten with upbeat jazz

Try it, I dare you to intentionally reset your thoughts

Try it, I challenge you to deliberately diffuse the damaging shots

Refute them, rebuke them, and declare all that is worthy of praise

And watch, just watch how you automatically have happier days

Whether you choose a scripture, a song, a poem or even a phrase

Be intentional and purposeful with the words on which you fix your gaze

Be prepared in advance for the darkness will certainly try you

But you are already victorious, for God’s example has provided a perfect view

If it doesn’t add value to you, then why waste your time?

For if you’re not learning, growing, or evolving, really it is a crime

Laughter, cheer, and joy also count, so it doesn’t always have to be rigorous

Something must balance the work, and it might as well be happy and humorous

What is it that is consuming you and what will you change?

What will become your calculated focus, what thoughts will you rearrange?

How will you prepare for the battle, with a hope, or with a thought-out plan?

How will you approach what is consuming you; in defeat or by taking a stand


From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise. ~Philippians 4:8 (CEB)

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