Entertainment - Are You Addicted?


Have you ever thought about Americans' obsession with entertainment? There are over 500 channels of TV, 24 hour news, DVDs, Ipod, the Internet, talk radio, etc. Americans act as if entertainment is a right guaranteed in the US Constitution. But, most people never ask the question "Is all this entertainment good for me?" No, they just sit and watch TV or listen to the radio, watching or listening even to the junk or filth that comes on. Many times the attitude is "I must be entertained!" I have heard people say "I know there is junk on the TV but there is nothing else on to watch."

The sad thing about entertainment is that the time spent watching TV could be spent building relationships, increasing your knowledge, helping your neighbor, getting in shape, contributing positively to society, etc. You get my point. Many just plop down on the couch and turn on the tube and check their brain and everything else on the shelf. Instead they could (or should be) asking "What can I do today that will be beneficial to me and my family, neighbors or community?"

The sad thing about entertainment is that people's minds have become lazy.

If you fit in this category, I suggest for two weeks, you not watch TV and instead, read a positive book, work in the yard, visit with your family, neighbor, etc. The point is - do something that will benefit you, not just something to help you exist. Use your car CD player as your school. Instead of listening to the radio, listen to a motivational CD or positive music. (The links I have on my website are great resources for such things.) Apply this to your kids also: take a break from video games, TV, the Internet, etc.

To help me battle the desire to watch the tube all the time, I set a goal to read 20 books per year. I keep score on a chart so I know where I am. (It was tough in December with all the bowl games on and I had two books to go.) Some of the books are the ones my kids are reading. This is a great way to stay engaged with my kids.


Philippians 4:8-9

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable; if anything is excellent or praiseworthy; think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me; put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

This is the Apostle Paul encouraging you to focus on what is positive, valuable and meaningful. The flip side is "Don't put junk into your mind."

As the old adage says "You become what you think." Or, as Zig Ziglar says "You are what you are because of what goes into your mind. You change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind."

Do you want to really become like the TV shows? I hope not.
Make a choice today to change what you put into your mind!!
Take charge of your life and be different!


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