It is winter here in Minnefrozeta where the sun is down around 5:30, 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 channels of Hi-Def nothing new under the sun movies, concerts, game shows, comedies, dramas, horror flicks (no), adventures, thrillers, mob movies, history documentaries, or the dreaded news (propaganda) channels as pretend I am being informed. Well, this aint working for me.
I guess in hind sight I know while TV can be a welcomed diversion, it is not a true source of satisfaction... though by watching XFinity commercials stating they are the future of 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 scripture 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. On it's very best day I don't think I would call television admirable.
The simple solution is turn the TV off (gasp), and read a book (double gasp).. maybe even more time reading my bible. Do a project, start 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 from stimulus overload.
To him who has no TV sin cast the first remote, and so I am not chucking mine, but simply reminding myself to be a better steward with my time.
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