prudence & care: why it is important

Prudence is not a word we tend to throw around often. We do not like calling ourselves prudent for then, we feel, we are naming ourselves a prude, which is the last thing we want to do.

Being a prude is something we tend to stay away run from. It sounds dogmatic, strict and a lot like your aunt with that tight bun and cold grimace. 

Webster's Dictionary writes that being a prude is being one who is "easily shocked by matters relating to sex or nudity." This is not of relation to what we will be discussing this week (though it may be a source to pull from in a coming post). 

We are going to talk about being shrewd when it comes to the people we let influence our lives. We are going to discuss the vital reason behind letting what goes into your head be good, beneficial, beautiful things. 

Why is this so vital? Well, as my mom always said growing up "What you put into your head is what will come out." Put in crude humor, meaningless sex, negativity, deception, harsh sarcasm and that is what will flow from your heart.

Proverbs 4:23 tells us to protect our heart, to fiercely guard what it receives and listens to, for it is the "wellspring of life." I know how difficult this can be. Some days work is rough, people are annoying and the last thing you want to do while turning on the television is ask, "Is this good for my heart?"

Jac Vanek said, "You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in." Her point: your entertainment, conversations, adventures shape you. Some people's word you will not be able to control, but the ones you can choose to hear or not hear live on our television screens, in the magazines and books we read. 

Let us choose carefully what we will read, view, listen to and join. Let us fill our mind with beautiful things so that we may live a life putting beautiful things into the world and people around us.

God, the creator, created us, his creation. In us is the fingerprint of him, for we all create things each day---we form words, make art, plan events, scribble down poetry. Let what we create be full of our Creator and not full of the voices coming from mind-numbing entertainment. 

When you think of prudence do you associate it with being a prude? Do you believe that prudence is important? In the men we date? The friendships we cultivate? The media we consume?

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