During this season of Lent people often give something up or take something new on that helps them to draw closer to God as we get closer to Easter. Some give up eating meat, others curtail their devotion to chocolate I even know a young lady who has given up speaking during this 40 Day period. One thing I look at to limit in my life during Lent is T.V. watching. I like to watch T.V. movies and sports in particular. In looking into this subject I discovered that on average, American adults watch television 4–4.5 hours daily. That’s a total of 1,460 hours or 60 days out of each year (this does not include other media such as DVDs, Internet, etc.
On average, how many hours of television do you watch each day/week?
Perhaps one of the things you could cut back on during this season is the quantity of time you spend watching television or cruising the internet. This could be a daily viewing time limit or perhaps choosing to unplug from media altogether for a extended period of time. Many of us just have the TV on in the background to keep us company. Try eliminating the cacophony of that background noise and start to be comfortable with quiet. I have cut out 2 hours of T.V. each day, one in the morning, one at night replacing it with QuietTime & Bible study.
Remember, the message isn’t that television or the internet is inherently evil, rather during this season we are looking for ways in which we can create space to meet with God and improve our relationships with Him and others.
Your pastor and partner in ministry,
Now after all this talk about turning off your T.V. I want to encourage you to turn it on for an hour each Sunday night beginning of Easter as NBC presents A.D.