I have always been fascinated with Romans 12:2.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
You can choose to think self-limiting thoughts. You can have your thinking influenced by the 10 pm news. You can believe and conform to the false illusions of reality.
Advertising and Hollywood are excellent examples of modern day illusion. They dictate how we think, how we should look, act and believe. Illusions created by greed and they're not real.
But we can disregard the illusion by not allowing the purveyors of image, fashion and coolness to influence God's greatest gift to man...
We control what we think. We can transform the unreal illusions of advertising, movies and the media into the reality of what is good, acceptable and perfect.
For example, would you rather give than receive? Put the needs of others before your own? Be pessimistic or optimistic? Be active or sedentary? Do you prefer wealth or integrity? Would you choose to be kind or powerful if given a choice between one or the other? Beautiful or intelligent, self-reliant or dependent, proud or humble, self- indulgent or self-disciplined?
And ultimately, which do you think is better -- to be important or make others feel important?
These are the choices you make in your mind. Your thoughts dictate the quality of life you live. And your choices determine the person you are. If you don't control your thinking, who does? Advertisers, media, Hollywood? Your choice.