Funny thing about peanuts. One person can eat a whole can of peanuts with no problems. Another person could eat one peanut, go into anaphylactic shock, and die. Some people are so allergic to peanuts that they can die from just touching the things. The peanut in and of itself isn’t harmful. It only becomes harmful to the person that is allergic to it.
The same thing goes for mental stimuli. We are all different and things affect us differently. Some people have woe is me attitudes and feelings of financial despair. Those people shouldn’t watch TV shows like Good Times. They should watch The Jeffersons instead. People with anger issues shouldn’t watch shows or listen to programs that they know will make them angry. People that are depressed shouldn’t watch sad movies. What I’m saying is that you have to guard your mind from what it’s allergic to.
Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) says “Guard your heart [or mind] above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” We are in charge of what we watch, what we listen to, and what we are exposed to. What we are exposed to affects our minds and our mental state affects our lives. So it only makes sense to feed our minds with what is going to give us the best results for our lives. Garbage in garbage out is very true. But it’s also true that what is good for me may be harmful to someone else. So we have to be careful to only absorb what is profitable for us and stay away from mental allergies.