I’m sitting here writing this, listening to one of my favorite audio CDs, “King of the Nations” by Graham Kendrick. Some of you may remember it as the music that was used in the “March for Jesus” a few years ago. I was a Worship leader in the Elkhart, Indiana, “March for Jesus” back then, and I had to commit the whole thing to memory so I could lead, and it’s remained one of my favorites ever since.
Now, you ask, why is it that I’m listening to this music? Here I am, with my snazzy Pentium processor with 32 Mb RAM, a 4 Gig hard drive, and my scanner, and my laser printer and my classy multimedia speakers, and I’m using all this technology to listen to an audio CD. I’m playing this CD because it contains music that I desperately need to listen to. You see, I’ve had this stupid song going through my mind that I heard on the radio the other day while button-pushing. I don’t even know the words (but they’re sort of unintelligible, so I’m not sure that ANYONE knows the words). I’ve been hearing it all morning—any time I let my mind get quiet for a moment, there it is, unintelligible words and all.
It’s a mixed blessing, having the sort of “mind wiring” that has background music most of the time. There are times when I’ll hear the same song for days, and if it’s the right song, it can be a tremendous blessing. This gibberish, however, is just a good old fashioned curse, So, I’m reprogramming my mental playlist by feeding it some “good stuff.” By the time I’m finished writing and spell checking, my mind will be ready to play back “Shine, Jesus, Shine” instead of “Yaddda-Yadda-rah-rah” (or whatever it is).
There’s a basic rule of life that gets used a lot in technical fields, and ought to be applied in other areas, as well. It’s the “Law of Gazintas and Gazoutas..” It basically states that, if the output from a particular device is not as desired, the first thing to do is check the input. If you have a snazzy high-end amplifier in your stereo system, and put a sound source on its input that sounds like hammered dog food, the output will sound like amplified hammered dog food. The output will never sound better than whatever you put in.
The “Law of Gazintas and Gazoutas” also applies to other areas of life. For instance, if foul, ugly things are coming out of your mouth, you need to evaluate what kinds of things you are feeding your soul and spirit with. If you’re putting foul, ugly things in, it’s no surprise that foul, ugly things are coming out. In order to fix what’s coming out, you need to change what you’re putting in. Back in the dark ages of computing, when all computers were huge and slow and the people who worked with them spoke Sanskrit and wore their pocket protectors to bed, they had a term for this phenomenon: “GIGO,” short for “Garbage In, Garbage Out.”
Farmers have to follow this same law. Any good farmer knows how important it is to feed and fertilize. If they don’t put the right, quality seed in the ground, they won’t grow quality crops. Paul spoke the truth in Galatians 6:7 when he said, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”
How do your “Gazoutas” look today? Anything there that you’re not particularly happy with?
Check yer “Gazintas.”