Thursday, August 4, 2011


Do we know what influences us?

Often - I was going to say sometimes, but let's be real, it's more often than that - when I fall asleep without some kind of sound in the background I get nervous. I don't like to hear the little creaks and groans of the apartment and the sounds outside, because I start to imagine terrible things.

Instead, I usually fall asleep with the TV or a movie going. It may go back to growing up when I fell asleep to "Adventures in Odyssey" every night.

Since my body is used to falling asleep with the TV on, sometimes when I am just watching TV I end up dozing off.

This happened tonight as I was watching "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."

Sometimes when I nap with the TV on, I am not in a very deep sleep. I will start to dream really weird dreams, and when I wake up I realize that what was going on in my dreams had coincided with what I was hearing from the TV.

I don't realize that my actions in my dreams are being influenced by an outside source.

That kind of applies to real life. I don't think I realize just how often my actions are being influenced by an outside source, something that I don't even notice is steering the way I am going.

This can be good when the steering is from God, but I'm thinking that we often have ungodly unconscious sources steering us as well.

Although we don't have to examine every little move we make, it is important that we stop sometimes and think about why we are acting as we are. What is influencing you?

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