The Right Diet

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As Micah opened the back door, he saw that his mother was taking chocolate chip cookies from the oven. "Yummy!" exclaimed Sammy, Micah's little brother. "Those smell so good! Can we have some?"

Mom smiled. "You can each have a glass of milk and two cookies for a snack," she said.

Sammy got his milk and eagerly helped himself to two cookies, but Micah shook his head. "I'm getting ready to run an important track race, so I need to have healthy snacks now," he declared. "Can I have a banana?"

"Sure," agreed Mom, so Micah took a banana to the living room, turned on the television, and settled down to relax while he watched a talk show.

After a few minutes, Mom came into the room. "What are you watching?" she asked, looking at the TV screen. "What I just heard didn't sound like something you should be listening to."

Micah looked embarrassed. "It's just an afternoon talk show," he said. "I'm going to turn it off and start on my homework as soon as I finish my banana."

Mom frowned as she watched the program a little longer. "That's not the kind of thing you should be feeding your mind," said Mom. "You need to turn it off, Micah."

"But I'll watch it only a few minutes," objected Micah. "I don't think it's going to hurt me."

"You were careful to choose a healthy snack today, and that was smart," said Mom. "You shouldn't feed your body unhealthy things, and you shouldn't feed your mind unhealthy things, either--not even an unhealthy snack. Turn that show off now."

Micah sighed. "Okay," he said, "but . . . is it okay if I turn on our local channel? Our volleyball game is supposed to be on today."

"That's fine," agreed Mom. She smiled and added, "Always remember that what you feed your mind is even more important than what you feed your body. What you listen to and think about determines the kind of person you become."

Micah nodded. "We had a memory verse that said something like that," he remembered, "so I'll try to be more careful about what I watch."

How About You?
Are you careful about what you feed your mind? It's good to take care of your body and keep it healthy. It's even more important to take care of your mind. The television programs, internet sites, movies, music, and books you use to feed your mind can change the way you live and think. God says your mind should be filled with thoughts that encourage you to live the way He desires.

Today's Key Verse:
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
(Colossians 3:2)

Today's Key Thought:
Feed your mind good things