(ANON QUESTION RECEIVED FROM GodfirstGodalways)
Hey Sheela! I have something that I’ve been battling for years now, my love for TV, books, sci-fi etc my love for storytelling and romance. I pour so much time into this. Should I try to find balance or leave it altogether?
Hey! Thank you for this question. I myself personally don’t watch TV as much as I used to before because I realized it was making me less productive. I’ve honestly lost the desire for TV. YouTube on the other hand is much more resourceful, but with it also comes temptations. I only cut out things that have become stumbling blocks for me, like my love for secular music too. I remember a time when I found myself in deep conviction about what types of songs I should be listening to. But I didn’t completely change my music preference until I realized the importance and need for discipline in my life. If it’s that much a desire for you to change, then recognize how much God is behind certain disciplines. Otherwise, the change will only be temporary, because your purpose is not strong enough.
I suggest making a list of how removing your love for entertainment will improve your life overall. Do it for each one you listed. Will it help you communicate better, will it help you be more patient or respectful, will it help you make more friends/be more social, will it benefit others, will it benefit you financially, will it help you achieve something in life that you’ve been desiring, will your obsession with romance help you love better or will it only encourage you to live in fantasy but have great expectations, in 5-10 years from now, could you honestly say your current interests have shaped the person you hope to be then, and would you honestly like yourself…..? Ask yourself these types of questions. I believe what matters is the quality of the entertainment. Does the content gratify the flesh more so than your soul? You can cut out all these things from your life, but if you do nothing to soothe your soul, you will move onto other things you’ll find entertaining. Focus on your inner life. What would Jesus rather you focus on? Could it be health and fitness, could it be volunteer work, could it be spending more time making reflections by writing in a journal, could it be learning how to be more resourceful by maybe picking up a hobby in arts and crafts….? Focus on letting God be your joy every morning, and He will convict you what types of shows or movies you should be watching, what types of books you should be reading…. be aware of the answers you have and bring them up in prayer. Talk to God and ask Him to show you where you fall short when it comes to discipline. Bring up any concerns. Be willing to try things you’ve never done before, things that will challenge your spiritual growth in a healthy way. Ask God what those could be.
You can’t go cold turkey with all that you’ve immersed yourself in, and never expect to be tempted. You’re only human. Just remember that when you’ve overcome one temptation, Satan does His best to tempt you with something else. Stand your ground and armor yourself with God’s words. Memorize Bible verses and make Christian affirmations. If you want to be better than the average human, look to things that build your character. Immerse yourself with His truths and promises, study the Bible so you will find balance, and strength to keep pursuing righteousness. Remind yourself that your purpose for wanting change is not for yourself but for a higher cause, the Lord God, because the more focus you have on Him and not on yourself, the more successful you will be finding this balance. I believe you’re on the right path and I’ll be praying for you tonight. 🙂
Hebrews 12:10-11 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
1 Corinthians 9:25-27 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
By His Grace, Sheela (Via godfirstgodalways)