When I think of the word filter, I think of keeping harmful substances out of something. People request filtered water in an attempt to avoid pollutants. Some people drink filtered coffee claiming its superior taste. There’s been a huge surge in the amount of people choosing to filter their diets (gluten-free,vegan, Paleo, clean eating) for a variety of reasons. But what about taking time to filter your life?
How often do we allow negativity into our lives without bothering to filter it? There are numerous outlets telling us that we need more; more education, a higher paying job, a better relationship, a bigger home, an upgraded phone. We get messages every day telling us that we should have a fitter body, whiter teeth, shinier hair, plumper lips. In a society that’s inundated with outside forces telling us in subtle and blatant ways that we’re not good enough right now, at this moment, with all that we have and all that we are, I choose to guard my filter.
I choose to consciously counteract the repetitive messages of greed and comparison constantly thrown at me by the media. Sometime this means disconnecting from social media, turning off the television and the radio, and avoiding conversations with negative people. This is an effective, though often short-lived, way to give my spirit time to retreat and re-group. Other times retreating is not an option. That’s when I have to challenge those messages by facing them head on. I have to dissect the advertisement or negative comment until I get to the root of its intent and forcefully pluck it out. I have to confront the bully, using the power of my unique voice to speak out. In those moments my filter is fully functioning.
I set a guard over my life, not allowing anyone to make me feel like I’m not enough. Any evolution I allow is either going to be initiated by me at the prompting of my own conscience, or by my heavenly Father at the gentle urging of the holy spirit. Who I am, who I choose to become and what I choose to own will not be dictated by others. I’m filtering this life because the purity of my soul is more than worth the effort.
Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
Proverbs 4:23 NIV
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the amount of negativity in our culture? How do you counteract it? Do you make it a habit to regularly disconnect from the outside world? What benefits have you gained from doing so? I’d love to discuss this further in the comments below!