FEATURED COLUMN by Britny Belskis: What do we put in our souls?

Hey, Friend,
I hope you are having a great start to your October!
Last month we talked about praying for our future spouse. Let’s just say we got up close and personal with me on another level.

This month we will be discussing what we put into our souls. You may have heard you are what you eat. Well the same thing goes for our souls. What you put into your soul, will pour out into your life. In the next few paragraphs, we will pinpoint what is sacred and what is secular.
In our society, we must be intentional about our relationships, what we listen to on the radio, or even what we watch on TV. The things that constantly consume us is where our heart is. Have you asked yourself, what are the things consuming you? Is it something you would call sacred or secular? What effect does it have on you and others around you?
Our relationships are the most important aspect of our lives. Some say the relationships we have will last a life-time. For example, I was just in my best friend’s wedding this past weekend. I have known her since she was a junior in high school and I was in my early years of college. We built that friendship up to where we are like siblings today. I believe we need to be open to multi-generational relationships because they are crucial for our souls. With whom we spend our time is a stepping stone to who we will be as a person. We must be aware of those who we choose to spend time with.
For instance, let’s say that Jayson starts hanging out with some people who aren’t a match for him. They are always getting in trouble, doing things they should not be doing. Over time, Jayson starts acting the way these so-called “friends” are acting, and his grades aren’t where they should be. This example shows you are who you hang out with. Interact with the ones who are in a steady relationship with God, those who will help you grow as a person. (They ask you the difficult questions, don’t judge you, but love you.) They will do life with you and encourage you.
As people, we listen to music, watch TV shows on a regular basis. What we watch is impacting our souls. One of my professors asked the question “Would you let your student (insert right title here) listen to the music or tv shows you watch or listen to? This question makes us think about what we are allowing ourselves to be preoccupied with. For example, I’m a sucker for Hallmark movies just like any other girl, but what we see in those movies isn’t reality or even love. Let’s be honest. Most of my future love relationships are built on those silly love stories. What we don’t see is that a man already came into this world loving you and took up all our sins and did the ultimate sacrifice because he loved us.
Until we meet again friends, next month, love you bunches.