Tuesday, September 18, 2007


I got an email from my grandma the other day. It starts out…….

A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family.
It goes on to talk about how the newcomer became the source of all information and introduced things to the family that pushed the moral limits......and so on. It ends with….

and that friend was called TV.
The final line in the email is “If I turned the TV off for one month, I wonder what I'd replace them with?”

I must be honest I don’t like forwards and I get irritated with silly email stories but I KNOW it was sent with LOVE and the best of intentions and I must admit, I did connect with it.

It has been on my mind for a couple years and more so over the past couple of months. I would love to be rid of the TV for at least a month, in my mind I envisioned a year! I have told a couple of people that I would like to do this and they all say “just don’t watch it”. Easier said then done as TV is blended into the fibers our culture and currently my life.

My inner fear is that I will miss something, that I may not get the joke or that people will think I’m the weird one. More then that is the fear that it may create strife in my relationship because it is a difference of opinion and I fear it would keep us in separate spaces.

The thing is, I have this constant nagging. Which these days I like to affectionately call the Holy Spirit that keeps bugging me about my TV watching habits, the wrong TV, too much TV, the placement of the TV etc.

I feel embarrassed to say I am a reality TV junkie and I hate it. It is a waste of my time and steals time away from God doing something with my life. How can I be an instrument of God when I am sitting in front of the TV watching the “Real World”? I feel like YUCK when I say it out loud!

I now know that God has had a plan for me. I never took the time to pay attention and reached a point that I couldn’t even hear him at all. I’m trying my best to listen and take His advice since he loves me more then anyone! And my future existence is with Him.

Why am I so easily distracted? I need to make a change!

John 12:24-26
24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.


Lisa said...

How are you doing on this? I can tell you from first hand experience, I dont' miss the shows I used to think I had to watch! And now, when I hear people at work talk about the characters as if they were our family members, it's kind of weird.<: I'm definitely out of the loop now!<: You can still be in the "know" and get the latest from the internet, and save all the time watching the shows for something else. (I have to admit, I do keep up with CSI-Las Vegas that way!<:)

Phyliss said...

Well said.