Recently I had felt the Lord speak to me concerning the use of my time, especially during the day, as I am on maternity leave. I had been reading a book on how to reach your full potential for God and recently I heard my minister talk about how as each minute passes, we should think about what we have done for God in that minute. When I thought about it, I was almost ashamed to admit that I revolved alot of my day based on what time certain TV programmes were on.
The more I thought about it, the Lord brought to my attention some uncomfortable truths about my TV viewing. First of all, I spent more time watching TV than I did reading and studying God’s word. Secondly, most of what I was watching was of no profit to my mind, heart or soul. Thirdly, I realised that most of the programmes I watched on TV were filled with content I wouldn’t want my daughter to see or hear. So it made me question whether I should be watching them either.
So, I thought that abstaining from TV for one week would be good for me in a multitude of ways. As it turned out, I really enjoyed using the extra time everyday for activities which I would normally have avoided. It forced me to get into a good exercise routine, which I had let fall to the wayside recently. I planned a route for an energetic walk and done it every other day, to try and get my body used to exercising again. To make the walking more enjoyable, my husband recommended a set of sermons that I could listen to, based on the Song of Solomon, the teaching was based on building Christian marriages and families in accordance with scripture. Although being a little more liberal than the preaching style I am used to, I found them very encouraging and a very good distraction from the long walk!
I found that although I had quite alot of time to fill, when I would previously have been watching TV, I was never bored, but felt more organised. Dinners were cooked on time, I baked on a few of the days, the house has never been tidier, and I enjoyed having visitors on couple of the days. I also done alot more reading and felt very blessed by what I read. I still enjoy watching certain TV programmes but I have been reminded that it shouldn’t be an important part of my life. I now have some structured thoughts and questions to keep in mind, in order to make sure I don’t fall back into bad habits again. These include
- No TV on a Sunday, no exceptions.
- No eating meals in front of the TV.
- If a programme is unsuitable for children, is it really profitable for me to watch?
- Do I spend more time watching TV than Studying God’s word?
- Would I feel I was missing out on something if I couldn’t watch TV? The answer should be NO.
Colossians ch 2 v 6&7 say “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving”. It is difficult for us to be built up in faith if our minds are continually being filled with content from the TV screen. I hope in sharing my experience it will encourage other Christians to think about aspects of their lives which perhaps are becoming more important than their walk with God.