Organizing the Inside 365 Days

Empowering Christian Women To Get Organized and Discover God's Plan for Their Lives

Organizing the Inside – Day 261 Adjusting Your Need To Know

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. Psalm 101:3 (KJV)

What’s one of the first things you do when you walk in the house? If it’s pick up the remote so you can catch up on the news for the day you aren’t the only one. If it has become a habit, then you may not realize you’re doing it. Stop for a moment and think. Are you feasting on a daily diet of bit sized morsels of violence, killings, kidnappings and natural disasters? You are if you have a habit of watching the daily news. You want to know what’s happening in the world, right? You want to be informed of the latest news and information. While driving a few days ago, I realized that all the bad news being reported on my Sirius radio was looping. I’d just heard that same awful news story 10 minutes ago. The worst lead stories are continuously looped as to remind me again and again of the senseless tragedies that occur, “around the world and right in your own backyard.” The news commentator said, “In case you’re just tuning in, here’s what’s on the Ticker.” CNN calls it “Rapid Fire.” During the “Rapid Fire” segment they quickly fire off all the lead stories. Small bite sized morsels of tragedy and ungodliness to feast upon.

The media needs viewers so don’t believe the hype. We hear about how the public has a right to know. Wouldn’t you agree blind Bartimaeus could see that this can’t be good for our spirit man. If it doesn’t edify the spirit perhaps it should to be reevaluated. What I do know is God doesn’t want His children constantly listening to the horrifying tragedies happening amongst all the ungodliness around the world in 30 second sound bites. I had to ask myself why I do it. Then I realized it was my intellect trying to run things in my life again. It’s that struggle between the mind and the spirit. I realized that the insatiable need-to-know desire had reared its ugly head again. God wants you and me to walk in the spirit and that means trusting Him. Walking in the spirit requires one to yield to the methods of God. Accept that faith believes and doesn’t always need to see or know. God says, “Trust me,” and He reveals things as He deems necessary. I’m not the first Christian who wanted to see God’s big picture plan; the entire thing all laid out before saying yes. I soon found out that wasn’t God’s method and fortunately, because I couldn’t handle knowing everything all at once anyway.

Do you tend to allow your intellect to regulate? Okay, so I had to make my intellect take a back seat. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5(KJV) Organizing the inside is about putting things in proper order. Feeding your mind on the Word of God will strengthen you to trust Him even more. We must be careful about what we allow our eyes to watch. While you may not have substituted the news for the Word, maybe you’re getting more than your fair share of tragic stories from around the world. I don’t know of any man who has shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world, except Jesus. I challenge you to question your need to know. Therefore, I for one, must conclude watching too much news is just not a very fruitful thing to do. So then let’s put this matter to rest. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8 (KJV)

Share your thoughts about staying informed.



  Woody Stone wrote @

Very good post Liz. Thank you. I do watch a little “boss” news, but mainly to see what TWIST they are putting on things. It is truly sad what they have done to what used to be an honorable profession and agency.

  Liz Mason wrote @

Thank you Woody,
You’re right, while its not all bad at times I really don’t have time to sensor and decipher through the good and bad. Sometimes I’d just rather read the news online, I think its a bit more concise. Thanks Woody for posting a comment. I stopped by your blog the other day will visit again soon.

  Sort It Canada wrote @

Although I’m positive you listen to The Message (63) on Sirius, I want to encourage you to do it more 🙂 I flip between that and Laugh USA, and that tends to brighten my spirits. You’re right, we have to be very careful as to what we’re feeding ourselves. Thanks!

  Liz Mason wrote @

Hi Liz,
Thanks so much for the encouragement! Yes I will make sure I check out (63). Since stations are programed in I’m not sure if I do. I do listen to laugh USA, they crack my side. Thanks for stopping by, nice to hear from you, as always.

  Paul wrote @

Hi Liz this is so true. before I went online back about 5 years ago I never looked at the news recently I noticed I was reading the news online early in the morning…Then I got mad at myself and said “no!”…

….I listened!.

I guess junk is junk no matter what the time of day it is.

Thanks for your post today


  Liz Mason wrote @

Hey there Paul,
I know it’s tough. I want to stay informed, but YIKES! some of the “Junk” who has time for that. Thanks for stopping by. Paul,let me know if you figure out a good alternative.

  emmalmoore wrote @

I agree with you wholeheartedly. One time I asked God a question and He told me He will tell things on a “need to know basis”. His reply let me know that I didn’t need to know everything and I need to trust Him in everything.

  Liz Mason wrote @

Hi Emma,
God is cool like that! This only builds our faith because He never fails and He absolutely always comes through no matter what things look like.

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