Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Hey - Where's the TV?

I was standing in the kitchen with the remote control in my hand, but guess what - no TV. We had a little TV in our kitchen this year for Bible study. Well, Bible study is long over but I thought it was kind of nice to have in there. I could watch the news or other shows while I was working in the kitchen. But suddenly, it had vanished.

I got a note in the mail from a ministry encouraging people to turn off their TV for a month. A month! I like watching TV. It's relaxing to unwind and watch a few things, but I always feel a little unfulfilled after a night of viewing. But not unfulfilled enought to get rid of the thing completely!

But, Mike decided it was time to put the kitchen TV away (we have another one in the basement so it's not that big of a deal). I was kind of annoyed. Didn't he know how many countless hours I spend doing menial labor in the kitchen? How dare he come in and just decide to take it away! So, being the submissive wife that I am, I decided to just go with it. I did have the inclination to go dig for it in the garage or basement and bring it back in while he was at work, but that' s another story.

Then while he was reading one night he said, I can't believe how much I can get done when I watch less TV. I had to agree that it was true. We were both reading more and I was using my evening hours to do more praying.

I don't think it's wrong to have TV in your house, kitchen or bedroom. And come fall when our shows come back on and it gets cold and dark outside at night, I'm sure we will watch more of it. But I realized that I watch it out of habit. Some shows I really don't care about, the news I can get on the radio.

I've been thinking a lot about how to make my life more pleasing to God and being more like Him. It's spurring me on to evaluate lots of things in my life that I thought were outside the "Spiritual" part of my life. I hope it helps me be more discerning about how I spend my time.

Ephesians 5:1-2
"Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children
and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us
as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."


Christy said...

You know where I need to go with this one? How much time I spend on the computer. Cable makes TV more of a temptation and harder to give up. And wireless highspeed with a laptop in the kitchen makes the computer hard to stay away from. But it sucks sooooo much of my time up!

Michelle said...

Great Point! The internet can be so handy and useful, but can take up way too much time. There is also temptation on the internet. Beware of it for yourself and your husband and your kids!

There's a lot to be said for balance in these areas! Even when you are doing "good stuff" on the internet, when you no longer have clean clothes for your kids because you've spent too much time on your blog you might be crossing the line. Not that it's ever happened here!

Christy said...

Okay, you've challenged me. This week, the laptop will stay shut and powered down from after breakfast until after dinner. We'll see if this makes me a more patient mom!

Michelle said...

Oh great - Now I'm feeling kind of guilty for spurring you on to make such a monumental change in your life! Let us know how it goes.