Don't believe everything you hear. In fact, don't believe everything you read or even everything you think. It's not all true.
There is a lot going on in your life and in our world. The experts of the experts have opinions about the economy, about your safety, about whether or not we are on the brink of World War Three.
Media has opinions about how you should look and what you should wear and how you should feel about how you should look and what you should wear. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Vine all give you their opinion neatly measured in likes and comments.
Blogs have opinions about how to do your fall mantel when, frankly, there might still be an egg from Easter up there, shoved behind the Fourth of July flag. Pinterest has opinions on the boring peanut butter and jelly sandwich you pack your kids everyday, in the shockingly boring shape of ... a sandwich.
Your doctor has opinions about what you eat and how often you exercise. Your realtor has opinions about your house. The carpool line has opinions about your car. Even iTunes has opinions about your music choices.
But they aren't all true.
So what is true? The Bible is true. What God says through his Word about you is truth. Your value and worth can be traced directly to the value of the cross, and not the chevron-painted cross on your door (although it's awesome and I'd like one, too). I'm talking about the cross on which Jesus died.
Where are you getting your truth? It's not a newsflash we live in an age of information overload. That's why the command (not suggestion) found in Romans 12:2 is vital:
"Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may prove what is the good, acceptable and perfect will of God."
We have more great teaching, more podcasts, books, and online resources spreading the Gospel of Truth than ever before in history. Tremendous revelations of Jesus being shared at the speed of sound. We also have the standards and expectations of culture catapulting themselves at us faster than we click "add to shopping bag." But there is no revelation that will ever mature you past the need to think about what you are thinking about .. Because what you think about is what you will say, and what you say is what you will experience, and what you experience is what you will believe. And what you believe is what you think about. And none of it could be true.
What is your source of truth? Who tells you of your future? Who commentaries the purpose of your past? Who affirms your today? If it is anyone or anything other than the universal truths found in God's Word, please be willing to think again. But this time, think about what God says.
There is power in the Word of God. When you are in it, praying it, obeying it, believing it ... you create an atmosphere for miracles. When you leave the Word you leave the miracle working power of God.
Romans 8:2 says, "To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life."
Dear friend, you get to choose what you will believe. Only you can decide if the world will drive your thoughts, or if you will instead press into the truth of God. I pray you will allow the unchanging, universal principles in God's Word be the standard by which you measure what is true.