Who Chooses what you choose?

January 11, 2013

I might be one of those crazy cat people you read about. There are more cats than people in our house, and we buy rather expensive “premium brand” cat food. I think it’s made with organic-acorn-fed-free-range-monogamous chipmunks, and salmon caught by smiling fishermen in a pristine wilderness reserved for smiling salmon fishermen and natural spring-water bottling companies. Or something like that.

But tonight, as I was reading (about something I should be doing instead of reading about doing) my favorite cat sat next to me, eating some of the nastiest popcorn I have ever bought. I’m sure it’s not the Cub Scout’s fault, but I will think twice before buying popcorn at Lowe’s. Taylor, our gold and white longhair, seems to like it just fine. So I quit eating; he only had a couple more bites, and he finished as well. So much for spending extra on good cat food.
Sometimes it is worth the extra money to buy a so-called premium product. Our cats’ health improved dramatically when we started spending a bit more on their cat food. As for the food I consume, most of the time, I buy organic, locally grown produce and meat, when I am not shopping at ALDI. I believe we should buy the best we can afford for some things (musical instruments, cookware and tools for example) and we should spend as little as possible on other things. Disposable things, for example.

Being choosy about some things is important, for other things, I think we might be wasting our time. Your list of important things probably doesn’t match mine. You may place underwear higher on the priority list than musical instruments. We might be more or less choosy about what we wear and what we eat, even though we are told not to worry about those things. But we really ought to be choosy about what we allow into our hearts and minds.
One of the reasons we do not subscribe to any cable television service is because it is just too easy for me to sit down in front of the TV and “veg-out.” The problem is our minds might disengage, but they still absorb all the junk that enters through our eyes. So we have a filter at our house called conversation. If we want to see something together, we use HULU or a web-casting service. We often “go to church” on the sofa. The fine point is that we are choosy about what we allow into our minds via media sources. The same goes with the radio. If one of us is a bit tired of what we are listening too, we switch, no discussion. It’s not worth it to listen to something that doesn’t line up with, “Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.” (Philippians 4:8)

In fact, this verse can be the filter we use when deciding about almost any of the alternatives life throws at us. Will the decision I am about to make, be right? Nobel? Pure? Go right down the list, even the choice of cat food can then be weighed against a more excellent or praiseworthy option. Sometimes the cats will win; sometimes they will get awful popcorn.

I guess the point is we shouldn’t let others make our choices for us. And we shouldn’t let circumstances make the choice for us either. If something is bad get rid of it. If something is excellent or praiseworthy, fill your life with more of it.

The cats? They can watch out for themselves, but no more popcorn for Taylor.

What filters do you use in your life?
Who do you allow to weigh in on your decisions?
How do you help your children make wise choices?


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