What are my standards for selecting wholesome materials to share with my children? Philippians 4:8 gives about the simplest answer possible.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (NIV)*
Pure water, purse heart, pure life
Many years ago, I decided this verse would be my standard for what I read, watched and listened to. Now, I am implementing it as a family standard with my children. We have memorized the verse, and I’m teaching them to ask themselves, “Is whatever this thing I want to read, watch, etc. true? Is it noble? Is it right? Is it pure? Is it lovely? Is it admirable? Is it excellent or praiseworthy?”
If it is, we’ll read it or watch it. We’ll think on it and enjoy it. If it’s not, we’ll find something else.
Restricting? No! It’s actually freeing when I remember not to fall into the legalism trap. When I look at the verse as a list of rules and strike off a movie I would otherwise watch, I could be tempted to feel restricted. But when I remember that God’s commands are perfect and bring refreshment to the soul (Proverbs 19:7), I can thank my Heavenly Father that His best for me is far better than anything Hollywood puts on the table.
It’s my prayer that my children will grow up putting each item they read, listen to, or watch to the plumb line of this Scripture verse. My goal is that each book, movie or song I recommend will promote Philippians 4:8 values.
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