In pondering the importance of setting goals, one important bit of advice is to make them specific and take concrete, tangible steps towards reaching them.

One of my goals (and I imagine it’s one of most Christians as well) is to purify my thought life. Well, it’s easy to say that’s what I want to do, but what steps can I take toward doing that?

Several years ago, I felt strongly convicted to stop watching R-rated movies. I’m not saying that it’s wrong for everyone to watch them, but I do know that I was being affected by the violence and sexual content those movies contained. So I made the decision to avoid watching them. Now, I’ll admit that I have seen a couple of R-rated movies since then (“The Passion of the Christ” being one of them), but for the most part I’ve resisted the temptation to watch one. I can honestly say that I don’t feel like I’ve missed out on anything because I haven’t been able to see those movies.

Now I’m feeling convicted about another entertainment source. For years I’ve watched “Law and Order: SVU”. I don’t watch it on a regular basis; most of the time that I see it, it’s in reruns on USA or some other network. But over the past few days I’ve been thinking that it’s not a healthy show for me to watch. I don’t need to hear about all kinds of deviant sexual behavior, rape, molestation, murder, etc. I don’t like having those thoughts on my mind.

So, I’m making the decision to end my “SVU”-watching days. I’m going to miss it–this weekend, one of the networks was running an “SVU” marathon, and that was hard to resist. But I do think I’m taking another step in purifying my thought life.

Y’all feel free to hold me accountable for this, especially the next time an “SVU” marathon is advertised!