Monday, February 17, 2014

Bringing Peace to My Little Corner of the World

Three Questions To Ask Before Watching a Movie  (Link)

"Sacrificing our serenity of mind — or mental purity — is not worth a few minutes of supposed entertainment."

3 weeks ago I removed my T.V. from my living room.  Currently I don't have it plugged  in and I'm contemplating not plugging it in again until I have better choices to view. 

I found my self glued to it and I wasn't a joyful or kind person - I was a reflection of what I was watching...  

One of the things that was constantly in my mind in times of contemplation was Philippians 4:8 - "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." 

" Basically, we want to watch movies with an eye for the true, the honorable, the just, pure, lovely, and commendable. Heeding Paul’s instructions in Philippians 4:8, we should “think about these things”  " (from the article).

I realized that I wasn't "thinking on those things" and knew I needed a change.  Still, it took me several weeks AFTER making my decision to remove the t.v.  There has only been one day since that I thought I'd plug it back in, for about 1 minute...

I'm more peaceful and calmer.  My mind feels clearer.  I'm pleased with the decision.  My t.v. will quite possibly sit, unplugged, in the spare room.  I've also found myself being more active at more (something I actually really like to do...) and actually being productive in some goals that I want to accomplish.  Of course, some days, I come home and just sit in my recliner with Penelope.  Those days, I can reflect on my blessings, other times I just sit and listen to the clocks ticking.  I'm also reading more.

More and more I'm also applying the same principle (Phil. 4:8) to other areas of my life - reading material, conversations, activities, finances, etc.

This is not a post to tell you that you need to get rid of your t.v./watching movies, etc.  It's a personal decision per person/family.  

My ONLY intent was to 
1) share the article (while good I don't agree with parts of it) & 
2) just to say what's been on my mind recently & the decision which followed.