In this modern world 'good parents' monitor the time their kids play video games, and the content of those games.
After all, staring at a screen for hours clicking on buttons living a virtual existence stimulated by role playing, and first person shooter games while never interacting with a real person is not healthy, wealthy, or wise.
And let me add my 2 cents. "Hey video playing KID, turn off your Xboox/Playstation/Nintendo game thingy, get outside breath some air, talk to real people. build something, read a book, do something, ANYTHING that does not involve electronic brain manipulation."
Kids these days.
Then I settle in after busy busy day. I'm tired per usual and plop down in my comfy chair and with one hand I turn on my HD TV to watch the evening (all bad all the time) news, followed by 3 hours of channel surfing (200 channels of sameness).
I then order pizza delivery from my smartphone with my other hand while tweeting with my 'peeps'.
By my side I have my laptop to browse for any nook or cranny of info my overloaded brain may have missed with my smartphone and HD TV.
-gasp- I am like the movie Tron!
Then I hear tapping on my window, and the above mentioned kid shouts to me..
"Hey OLD MAN, turn off your TV, smartphone, and laptop too. Go outside make some friends that are not on Facebook, and stop tweeting. Build something, read a book, do something, ANYTHING that does not involve electronic brain manipulation".
I hate that kid.. and I reply to that kid.. "GET OFF MY LAWN."
So for evenings like this I am reminded of Paul writing. whatever is true, .. noble, .. right, .. pure, .. lovely, .. admirable, AND if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—I will think about such things. Phil 4:8.
Well there is no Philippians 4:8 channel on my TV, so (and I hate to say it) it's time to start listening to that kid.
Lord I desire to stay informed but pray I am not sucked in by 24/7 gloom and doom fake or baked news. God I thank you for my very REAL family, friends, and a church home that desires to serve you. I even thank you for that smart mouthed kid on my lawn. - Amen -
Jeff (not Tron) Larson
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson