Man on Fire gives up???

I Wish… You Had… More Time…

By The Real Josh Boles

I am addicted to Television! I can sit down and watch it for hours.. and hours…. and HOURS at a time. I do this almost every day. It’s where I find my rest and my escape. I go to it right after getting home from work and stay until I get hungry or tired enough to go to bed. This has been happening my whole life! In fact, I watched T.V. so much as a child that my mom saw fit to mention it in my baby book. Doing a simple calculation, I came to the conclusion that out of my 24 years on this earth, 5 of those years have been devoted strictly to watching meaningless television. So with this said, I thought it might be a good idea to remove this demonic possession from my life and use that time toward something more productive.

Lent is a 40 day seasonal tradition of preparing oneself for the celebration of Jesus death and resurrection. It starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday. The 40 days comes from the time Jesus was fasting in the desert. A lot of people will also fast or do some sort of self denial in a way to draw closer to God during Lent. I have the same goal. I will be not watching T.V. in order to get an appreciation for Jesus and His work on the Cross.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is 1st Corinthians 2:12 where Paul says, “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God” (ESV). What I love about this verse is that it seems to come with a promise. If I am a child of God and He has given me His spirit, then I will understand what Jesus has done for me. This is what I will focus on during Lent. A time of reading, prayer and meditation to come to a better understanding of Who God is and what His Son did for me. I believe from this comes the Joy and peace of being a follower of Christ; along with a desire to serve others and see them come to repentance and faith.  Ridding myself of the poison which is called main stream television will give me time to journey into the knowledge of the gift that God has given us.

What say you?

1.  What is something that takes time out of your day not related to Jesus and how He has called you to live?

2.  If you were (or are) going to participate in Lent, What would you give up?

5 thoughts on “Man on Fire gives up???

  1. Ahhh! Josh you nailed it. Better late than never, but after about 5 hours of TV today.. Then reading this… I’m convicted. Ive never practiced lent before, but TV is now going to go for 40 days. Thanks brother for the encouragement and honesty.

  2. Josh, great post. If am going to be completely honest; I think I can nail it down to streaming media. After I get off work I have gotten in the habit of going home, greeting Kelly and then we sit and watch one of our favorite TV shows on hulu or Netflix. I have used the excuse that its to “unwind” or “de-stress”, but if I’m going to be completely honest it just wastes time, much like you watch TV. I think I can also de-stress and unwind get better at reading every day if my first inclination is going home to read instead of just getting home and sitting on the couch to veg and hold a semi-conversation with Kelly. Thanks for this post man, really got me thinking. I will be praying for you (and everyone else that has commented so far) on your goals to grow closer to Christ and His will for our lives.

  3. Josh-
    Good post. Funny every year I go into the Lent season with a good sense of what I should live without for 40 days. This year I’m still not sure. But I’m gonna start with no electronics in bed. 3 out 5 days I end up with the iPad reading articles from RealClearPolitics.com in bed. But it robs me of the blessing of talking with Heather and going to bed with a clear mind after I do “examine” each night. So for starters I’m living without that… but I feel like I’m missing something… Pray for me that I can figure out what else to give up.

    Here are two excellent Lent devotional for those that are interested:
    http://www.redeemer.com/lent/devotionals.html (From Tim Keller Redeemer Pres. in New York)

    http://www.tlc.org/sermons/supplemental/ (From Twin Lake Church in Santa Curz. One of Sierra’s former pastors is now there pastor!)

  4. Nice post Josh!! I love the verse you mentioned it was really encouraging! I think 1 Corinthians 2:12 is a really good verse that I am going to focus on for the next forty days. I think something that takes time out of my day not related to Jesus and how he has called me to live is social media. I never thought it was bad until it dawned on me that it is the first thing I check in the morning or whenever I was bored. I am doing Lent this year and I am giving up instagram, facebook, twitter, and pintrest. This is going to be a very challenge for me but I know that is what God is calling me to do! Good job on giving up TV and ill be praying it goes well for you!

    • That’s awesome Shannon!!! Let me know how it goes! I’ll be praying for you!

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