Ok. (Heavy Sigh) I’ve avoided this confession for long enough.
Please note: I don’t think that anyone else needs to share this same conviction nor do I think it is wrong to watch television.
My name is Christine Jaynes and I’m addicted to- in no particular order:
Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters, Private Practice, The bachelor/bachelorette,24, The Office, Community, Chuck, The Biggest Loser, American Idol, America’s Next Top Model, Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Shark Tank, Celebrity Apprentice, Live with Regis and Kelly, Glee, Hell’s Kitchen, House, Lie To Me, Mercy, Psych, and Royal Pains.
That’s the bulk of it. Yes, I watch more- but these are the priorities. Wow, I can’t believe I just labeled them priorities. I can’t believe how long that list is…
Recently I’ve felt a bit convicted about what I watch. I have justified it over and over and gone round and round in my head trying to convince myself that it’s all ok.
Most of the shows, I need to let you know, I watch with my husband. And I don’t have any remorse about relaxing with him and enjoying that entertainment after putting the kids down. If Dave ever starts to feel convicted and wants to play more games, like we did back in the day, then I’ll tackle the withdrawal process for those shows.
But the shows I feel most convicted about are the ones he has no interest in. I watch them during the day when he’s not around.
Please don’t picture me just sitting on the couch with my coffee and pj’s all day doing nothing but watching tv while my kids entertain themselves…
That’s actually one of the justifications I have for letting hollywood in my home. I work hard. And the only time I put “my shows” on are at nap time. It’s while I’m working out, eating lunch, doing laundry, or baking. And, yes, I’ve been known to forget an ingredient because of being distracted by Addison’s sex life…
I’ve started to get up early (before my oldest monster wakes up and comes running in pushing his truck) so that I can have a cup of coffee and read some scripture. And of course the scripture I’ve come across states there is no good justification…
- Ephesians 4 “No longer live like the Gentiles and futility of thinking with darkened understanding and hard hearts.” “They have lost sensitivity because of giving themselves over to sensuality, indulging in impurity with continual lust for more.” “Put on a new self created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” “No unwholesome talk-only what is useful in building up others.”
- Ephesians 5 “must not be a hint of sexual immorality, any kind of impurity or of greed because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”
- Proverbs 1 says ” The waywardness of the simple will kill them” “Complacency of fools will destroy them.”
- Proverbs 2 says “He is a shield to the blameless,” He guards and protects his faithful”
It’s very good to know that He rewards his faithful followers.
I started this post early this week and my compter shut itself off. While I waited for it to reboot, so I could finish this blog, I turned on The Bachelor. Ya… see how disciplined I am in this area… My computer has been out of commission for the last few days-so, I’ve not applied myself to this purge. I mean, if I haven’t made a vow to stop watching yet- if no one is holding me accountable, why suffer withdrawal?
As I was struggling over this very simple concept of saying goodbye to characters who don’t share my same values, and really have done nothing but make me envy their looks while imagining myself in a different life- God gave me a new prospective.
Today I read ” Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and with all your mind.” Matt. 22:36-37
Also Revelations 2. Here the spotlight is put on the church of Ephesus, which cracked down on every evil. They were disciplined and righteous… but they “have forsaken your first love.” They were focusing on the wrong thing.
If I were to be enamored by Jesus (like Mary was in Luke 10), instead of being distracted by my flesh, my love of him would be enough. I would have no need of TV distraction while doing my daily chores…
In conclusion, I make no grand promises to skimp out on the rest of this seasons Bachelor. But I will be sure to get plenty of scripture in my days and focusing on joyfully giving thanks. Maybe I’ll blast some tunes and do some Christini dancing…