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As I’ve been planning for and thinking about the upcoming school year, one of the classes I’m setting up for my high school children is a psychology course. I’ve been watching videos and reading articles online about psychology experiments and they’ve been very interesting.
One thing I’ve noticed: people are imitators. If they see something they like in someone, they imitate it. It can be the way they dress, the way they walk and talk, or the deeds they do.
For as he thinks within himself, so he is.
Children who have seen violence imitate it, as shown in the Bobo Doll Experiment. And I know (from personal experience) that it’s easy to say words you have heard over and over and over again– words you know you shouldn’t say.
Control What You’re Thinking About
So, what are you watching? What are you listening to? What thoughts are being put into your head? I’d like to extend a 30-day challenge to you: set your radio (or whatever app you use for listening to music) to a Christian station. Tune-in to Bott Radio on a regular basis and listen to the teachings of the various speakers. Put some Christian music on your iPod to listen to while you walk (I highly recommend the MapMyWalk app). Use a Bible app to have the Bible read to you as you go about your day. Saturate your mind with the Word of God!
Once you’ve gotten into the habit of listening to life-giving words, you can tackle your viewing and reading habits. (Because that’s a whole ‘nother ball of wax right there!) After 30 days, let me know how God has changed your life–I’d love to know!