Your soul is not a trash can. I heard this statement recently and have been giving it much thought. I like to break things down or apart to understand better, so that's what I did with this.
Your soul is your mind, will, and emotions. We are not just a body - - - we are souls. We feed our soul every day of our lives whether we realize it or not. We can have a "downcast" soul. (Psalm 42). We can bless the Lord with our soul. (Psalm 103). We can feel joyful or sorrowful in our soul. (Psalm 35) We can be empty or satisfied in our soul. (Psalm 63). And most of the time our soul is in the state it's in because of what we've been feeding on.
I looked up the word garbage and among the definitions given were these words:
Anything that is contemptibly worthless, inferior, or vile. Worthless talk; lies; foolishness.
Now let's return to the original idea that 'your soul is not a trash can'. Broken down: Your mind, will, and emotions are not the place for anything that is worthless, inferior, or vile; nor should your soul be filled with worthless talk, lies, and foolishness.
If what we've been feeding on falls into the category of garbage, it's no wonder our soul is in need of restoration (Psalm 23) and full of trouble (Psalm 88).
Just like a child needs to be taught not to put certain things in his mouth, we need to be reminded NOT to put garbage into our soul. A child thinks nothing of putting something poisonous or dangerous into his mouth. It never crosses his mind that there is a consequence to what he eats. But as children of God, we should always be aware of what we are putting into our souls. God's Word tells us that there is always an afterward and that we will reap what we sow.
Last week a read a great Christian novel published by Tyndale House. I loved what was written in the introduction:
"We recognize that authors have something of a bully pulpit for communicating their worldview and values to their readers. But with that opportunity comes a danger. Just what worldview and values is an author communicating? At best, most contemporary novelists present a squishy worldview. At worst, they sow negative values and unhealthy attitudes in the hearts of their readers."
As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we must stay aware of what we are putting into our souls. We must consider every book, movie, television show, song, and activity we partake in. We must remember that our soul is not a garbage can.
I'm Mae Lynn Biggs and I have been a follower of Jesus for the past 29 years. My heart is to help women grow in their love for Christ and knowledge of His Word. I love to spend time with my family, read, hike, and share from my quote collection. I would love to hear from you- leave a comment below.