STOP AND THINK – It’s not a case of magic. It’s a simple fact. What I see, and hear, and speak, I become. (Gordon & Gladis DePree in The Gift)

What we are physically is a combination of our DNA, the food we consume, our exercise, and other purely material elements. But what we are internally (the real us), as the DePrees suggest, is the result of what we take in mentally and emotionally. That fact emphasizes the importance of what we allow our minds to feed upon.

Whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body. But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. (Matthew 15:16-18)