What has been on TV will become a rerun, what has been watched will be watched again, and there is nothing new to watch on TV.. under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9 (If Solomon had Cable TV)
It is winter here in Minnefrozeta where the sun is down around 5pm, and outside it is as the saints call it 'blessed' cold. So I hunker down in front of the TV to pass the time.
I have cable TV so my selection is about 500 (million) channels of HD nothing new under the sun movies, concerts, game shows, comedies, dramas, horror flicks (no), adventures, thrillers, mob movies, history documentaries, or the dreaded 24/7 news (propaganda) channels as pretend I am being informed. Well, this aint working for me.
I guess in hind sight I know TV can be a welcomed diversion, but it is too often NOT a source of satisfaction or time well spent. Our cable provider runs a commercial stating they are the future of awesome.
Awesome?.. I would settle for it being pretty good.
Then to complicate this buffet for the senses sameness, there is the mediocre, and sometimes down right bad. Not only bad quality, but bad content and this flies in the face of the scriptures.
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phil 4:8.
Hmm, I am pretty sure Paul is not referring anything 'remotely' (insert pun here) to channel surfing.
The simple solution is turn the TV off (gasp), and read a book (double gasp).. maybe even more time reading my bible. (double gasp + clutch heart)
So it is January, and I am attempting to read through my Bible again. Like most worthwhile resolutions I understand the challenge of seeing it through, but so far so good. Actually very good as the Scripture Reading Plan I am using is accompanied by a short devotional that infuses my day with a truly spiritual focus.
Of course there are many other worthwhile things to do also. Start or complete a project, enjoy a hobby (unless it is tv watching), spend time with a friend. There are so many better ways to spend with your time than sampling 500 channels of cable while your brain turns to mush.
But to be fair, Solomon did also write ..
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace... and a time to see what's on the Tele as I am bone tired after a long day at work and just want to Veg Out. - Ecclesiastes 3:2-8 (or so) - Ecclesiastes 3:2-8 or so (again, If Solomon had Cable TV)
May God bless each of you as you balance your life with faith, family, and friends without your TV getting in the way.
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson