As I sat in the doctor’s office, I heard these words, “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Days of Our Lives.” I laugh to myself because I used to be addicted to that show in my twenties. Heck, I even named my daughter after one of the characters (Alexandra aka Lexie)! And now as I am watching the cast, I realize that half of those actors are still on that show some 20+ years later. What a waste of time! Countless hours spent daily watching people lie, cheat, deceive, manipulate, kill and destroy each other all for the sake entertainment? Isn’t that what we watch in our real lives every day?
I quit watching TV over 15 years ago. It began when I divorced my kid’s father. I had noticed that as a single mom, TV became a babysitter and I didn’t want that, so we shut off the TV and limited ourselves to a weekly movie night. I challenged them to read or use their imaginations. As they grew older and moved out of the house, I used that time to work on my crafts or refinish furniture. But in the last few years, I have finally found the significance in my free time once I rededicated myself to the Lord, and thus set out on a mission to learn as much about Him as I could. Having VERY limited screen time has allowed me to dive into His Word and can I tell ya it’s been a complete game changer??
Joshua 1:8 – Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to do everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
According to Google, Americans spend 10+ hours PER DAY on screen time. And we wonder why we are so negative and cynical and full of gossip and hate? God doesn’t intend for our lives to be led full of confusion!
2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God (YOU) may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Now I’m not “dissing” those who watch TV – there are some cute shows out there. (I once binge watched the entire Downton Abbey series in one week while recovering from lung surgery!) All I’m trying to convey is, that for me and my family, having very limited screen time has most importantly, brought me closer to God. It has strengthened my marriage beyond measure and made our family unit incredibly strong, because we are not consuming our time with the ways of the world. And I know that it is making us much better and healthier people for it.
“The secret to a happy life is giving God the first part of your day, the first priority to every decision, and the first place in your heart.”
I challenge YOU to see what God can do for your life and with your time!
Like sands through the hourglass, these are the days of MY life…🙏