|The Garden of Eden by Thomas Cole|
The mind is like unto a garden. One man fed his mind with beauty: classical literature by the best writers, music that had stood the test of hundreds of years, and art by Michelangelo, DaVinci, and others like them. Above all, he sowed into his garden great thoughts from the Word of God. Each day he read something from the law, or the prophets, or the gospels.
The man was a clear thinker. He was rarely confused, even when he didn’t understand something completely. And when he made decisions, they usually proved to be very good decisions. Occasionally, when he made a bad decision and things didn’t go the way he planned, he remained optimistic and confident that he could still make good decisions.
Another man put all kinds of things into his garden: nouveau literature and philosophy, trendy art that wouldn’t stand up for more than the proverbial fifteen minutes, and whatever music happened to be playing on the radio. Furthermore, he polluted his garden with poisonous filth he unearthed in the unearthly World Wide Web. Unlike the first man, his thinking was confused and chaotic.
Whereas the first man’s thoughts were well organized and fit together well, the second man’s thought were haphazard. Thoughts bounced into and out of his mind in a most erratic manner. He had great difficulty making decisions at all. When he did make decisions, they usually didn’t turn out well for him and his family. On the rare occasions when things went well for him, he worried that they wouldn’t continue to go that way, and that always turned out to be true.
“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.
This is from Chicken Nuggets for the Soul. If you liked it, you might also like some of the other stories in that ebook. It's available at Amazon.com.