Saturday, November 22, 2008

Perhaps this is why I have felt so blue lately

So if you know me, you know that I'm currently in a state of transition. Right now, I'm in the midst of a hunt for where God wants me to serve him next. That means I have a lot of free time on my hands since a person can only do so much resume sending and job board looking. I have picked up a part time job driving a fork lift around UPS in the VERY early mornings and I have been volunteering to days a week at a local church help them do some admin work in their offices.

That still leaves me with more free then if I had a full time job. I do read a lot online (like news, church blogs and money saving tips) but I still find myself gravitating to one thing that I have always had a hard time saying no to. Watching T.V.

It is interesting that watching T.V. is the one thing that unhappy people do more than happy people. According to a Study done by the University of Maryland:
We looked at 8 to 10 activities that happy people engage in, and for each one, the people who did the activities more — visiting others, going to church, all those things — were more happy,” Dr. [John] Robinson said. “TV was the one activity that showed a negative relationship. Unhappy people did it more, and happy people did it less. (HT to Lifehacker)
Growing up, I lived off watching T.V. You named it, I watched it. The Simpsons, Herman's Head, Married with Children, Eerie Indiana, You can't do that on Television, Friends, Seinfeld, MNF Football, Salute Your Shorts, ER, In Living Color, Batman Cartoons, Power Rangers, Home Improvement, News Radio, Sportcenter, Behind the Music Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Saved by the Bell and many reruns of older shows. I think you get the point. T.V is one of those things I have always gravitated to is that glowing Box in the corner. It was something I worshiped. One time when I couldn't watch something I wanted to watch, I chuck a remote control at my sister's head. She still bears the scars of that interchange.

When I became a Christ Follower in 1999, I still struggled but no with other things I was watching. That lead me to go without a Television for two in years college. I then moved in with other Christian and started watching T.V. more. When I went to Seminary, I did without a T.V. for my first two years. When I got married, we got a T.V. I can honestly say from experience, that I am more happy when I stay away from the T.V. If that is the case though, why do I keep coming back to watch?

We don't have cable but through the magic of the Internet, I can watch full episodes of 18 shows that I enjoy. This is the first time I've counted. Wow, that is a lot! I am realizing for the first time that I have been addicted to T.V. Maybe that's why over the last couple weeks, I have been pretty down. I blog three weeks ago about my enjoyment of disconnecting. I was riding high and that's where the T.V. crept right back into my life. Over the last few weeks, I have notice myself being really down. I can see why Solomon writes in Ecclesiastes "If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks."

Instead of turning to God, I've been escaping to T.V. That is hard to admit. I should have it under control but for some reason, I can't control it. You might say, "It could be worse like an addiction to drugs, pornography, gambling or something worst." As Paul writes "'Everything is permissible for me'—but not everything is beneficial. 'Everything is permissible for me'—but I will not be mastered by anything."

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