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?