I picked up my phone the other day and clicked into my news app to catch up on what was going on in the world. I felt really bad when I skipped over the article about Obama’s gun control measures and instead, clicked into the article about Justin Bieber getting kicked out of some ancient ruins in Mexico. Sometimes I filter my current events reading according to the level of ridiculous I can stand in the moment. And in that moment, the Biebs was about as much ridiculous as I could take.

We filter through a lot of ridiculousness in a day of parenting. My son had a come-apart because the pouch on his Power Rangers belt flipped upside down. I got down at his level is said, “Honey, it’s not going to be perfect – it’s a pair of undies strapped to a belt. Mommy’s just trying to help you have fun.”

But we also filter through ridiculousness on social media. You know the kind I’m talking about…the posts from parenting sources that have the sure-fire secret to helping your baby sleep through the night when you’ve already tried all of the everythings. The political discussions that are obviously going lead to everyone hiding everyone from each other’s Newsfeeds. The health article that now informs you that drinking water and breathing air is actually damaging to your health. And the moms who post pictures of the cutesy artsy-fartsy creations they make out of their kids’ lunches…

…oh wait…….sorry…sometimes I need a creative outlet in the middle of my day 😉

When I’ve forgotten to turn my filter on or it’s been filtering too much ridiculous lately it affects me. Sometimes I cry. Sometimes I just get quiet and withdrawn and unproductive. Sometimes I think about getting a full-time job and throwing in the towel on this whole stay-at-home parent thing. Sometimes I eat Pizza Rolls until I feel better…I DEFINITELY filter out articles exploring the nutritional and biological hazards of Pizza Rolls. Nobody need that kind of negativity in their life.

Filter your daily encounters by using possibly one of the most practical verses in Scripture: Philippians 4:8. “…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).

Guard yourself. There’s a lot of ridiculous out there and if you don’t properly filter it it’ll begin to affect you if you meditate on it instead of what is talked about in Philippians 4:8.

I make a practice of only entertaining the hilarious ridiculousness I come upon in my day. THAT I can allow in 😛