GI-GO. Any old-time computer person will recognize that acronym; Garbage In, Garbage Out. If you want better output, change the input! And it’s not just for your computer. It’s also the key to healthier thoughts and feelings.
What’s going on in your mind right now? Yes, right this very minute. What has your attention? Are you having a good day, or a bad day? If someone asked you, “A penny for your thoughts?”, what would you tell them? Do you have a stock-pile of good things to think about?
You fell in love. You said “I do.” You thought you knew the person you were planning to make a life with. And then one day you look at the person in the bed next to you and wonder, “Where did you come from?” Understanding your spouse’s heart becomes increasingly important the longer you’re married.
The trash didn’t get taken out – again. His underwear is there on the floor – again. She was late getting ready – again. He didn’t listen – again. She made an excuse to say no – again. Should you have to put up with this?
No human being escapes all suffering. While perhaps unkind, it would have been true for me to say over the baby I delivered today, “Welcome to a lifetime of suffering, little girl.” And Jesus promised that “in this world you will have trouble.” (John 16:33) But wouldn’t it be a good idea to escape unnecessary suffering?