Do we think before we speak, do, post, read or watch …

Have you ever seen a line of lyrics posted on a facebook status and wondered what they meant and when you looked up the rest of the lyrics , you wonder why someone would listen to it in the first place?  It represents so many things that we shouldn’t stand for or want to put into our minds.  What if someone is looking up to them as a role model and they don’t even realize it?  What if you were the one person that might have been leading them to Christ?  Do we even do that as adults to some extent?  Do we do and say things that we shouldn’t?  It sure makes you think. 

I saw this wonderful letter from John Wesley’s mother that was written to him while he was in college.  He was wanting a list of “rules” to follow while away.  This was her response:

“Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself. It doesn’t matter what something is rated, or how popular it is, or how seemingly innocent it appears. If it hardens your heart toward God, if it obscures your awareness of the ugliness of sin and the holiness of God, if it takes the edge off your spiritual hunger, then it’s sin”

I love what she had to say.  It wasn’t specific as he probably thought she was going to write but it really was quite clear.  Maybe we should all think that way before we do things, read things, say things, watch things .  Your thoughts?