My children and I recently finished reading one of our favorite books: Mountain Born. It is a sweet book about a little boy growing up on a sheep farm. Throughout the story, you see how the boy’s Father, Benj (a farm hand) and his Mother disciple and guide his heart. During one conversation in the field, Benj makes a comment about what a person puts in their mind:
“A man must have a care to what he puts in his mind, for when he’s alone on a hillside and draws it out, he’ll want treasure to be his company, not regrets”
This is one of my favorite quotes out of the many books my children and I have read. It is so simple and identifies the importance of what we think on. It is a perfect example of this verse in the Bible:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Phil 4:8 KJV)
Do we really think about this as we are identifying what we should read, watch, listen to or discuss? Do we consider if it’s pure, lovely, of good virtue and does it glorify God?
God’s Word tells us:
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. (Ephesians 5:8-13 KJV)
It is so important to consider what we are feeding our children’s brains. Studies show that the neural pathways in our brains create patterns or ‘roads’ rather that impact our entire lives. They are the reason that it is so hard to break a habit. Any habit.
Recently, I listened to a fun song with one of my children. It wasn’t a bad song, but it wasn’t a song focused on anything really ‘good’ either. When I lay down to sleep that night, that song came to mind. It was playing over and over in my mind. It was as though, I couldn’t make it stop.
That made me consider the impact that one song can have on me and on my children.
This wasn’t the only time I noticed the impact of something being fed to a brain in my home. A few years ago, my son began reading a popular series based on a Greek god. I thought it was harmless and we even read some of the books aloud. As we read the books, I noticed that my children were gathering thoughts about these ‘gods’ and were not soaking up as much about our own God.
It really hit me hard to realize that my children could share the attributes of these fake gods and their ‘lives’ in these books, but struggled with the attribute of our one, true God.
As a Mom, I am aware of the food my children eat. I am careful to ensure they are good, wholesome foods. Our family has made radical changes over the past few years. We stay away from processed foods and make as much as we can from scratch and eat fresh food. That isn’t an easy task in today’s society. Well, in any society, it isn’t. It requires time.
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Cor 6:19, 20 KJV)
Identifying good food for my children’s brains requires the same. I must read, listen to and consider the impact now, as well as in the future. I must remember that as children of the one true God, our bodies are temples for the Holy Spirit.
It’s easy to get caught up in the culture. It’s even easier to allow culture to impact our home. It takes an intentional life focused on God and basing all decisions on His word to ensure we are feeding our children’s brains with things that are godly.
We will never do this perfectly. But, together, we can do this when we sit at the Father’s feet and seek His guidance.
How do you ensure you are feeding your children’s bodies, minds and souls good, wholesome food?
Rebecca is a child of God, married to the love of her life, and the mother of three children. She writes about faith, Marriage, Parenting, nutrition and homeschooling at Mom’s Mustard Seeds.