TV seems to be a continual roller coaster ride in our home and in the homes of many I know. It is just too easy to plop down and rest after a long busy day.
Oh, I know, I can be all spiritual about TV watching at ten in the morning. I wonder why we even own a TV and why we are so pulled in. But, at six in the evening I am silently hoping we will have another movie night. Yep, I get tired and just want to sit.
I’ve noticed that others in our family can get spiritual about TV watching too. They tend to want to end all watching when they are not interested in what the rest of the family wants to watch. Isn’t it interesting how we can use our spiritual muscle when it is convenient for our cause?
Still, we need to be honest with ourselves about what we are allowing in and what we are excluding by sitting night after night in front of the flat screen. Some of you may be feeling smug because you don’t watch TV much at all, yet, how much other screen time are you doing? Facebook? Youtube? Google? Pintrist?
Our family, like I said, tends to pull back and then slowly revert back to too much sitting; then we pull on the reigns and find a better balance, but then slowly fade back into what feels like too much again.
Amidst this up and down cycle I can still count my blessings:
First, we are aware of the cycle and are working at it.
Secondly, even what we do watch is thought through, we have not given into the free for all. (Even so, if a free for all watching would happen, I would bring it up later and then pray. If the watching was inappropriate for our children, I would ask what he would like me to do with the children during that time. Bad mouthing him in front of the children would not be an option.)
Thirdly, we are together, not each of us off watching our own thing.
And lastly, although much of what we watch has to do with the outdoor channel, when I sit back and evaluate, I am so thankful we are ingesting this over what else is on TV.
TV is not worth disrespecting my husband over. In my opinion, it is better for us as a family to be together than for me to be off complaining about “his” choices. Continuing to be “us” and working on the balance as “us” is way more important than ripping apart my man and our family to prove how spiritual I am.