Before I took the plunge into the 31 Days Challenge, I wrote a post based on James 4:8. In that post, I explained my choice to try to clean up and clean out my world. I also asked you to join me. It is time to give you an update. But before you go on, you may want to look back here at what I wrote.
First, it may help to let you know a little bit about me. I love TV. I am a product of the 80s. I am also a TV addict. I typically have the TV on, even when I am busy doing something else… I mean I watch A LOT of TV. I mean, my imaginary friends growing up were the Brady Bunch!! So, embarking on this life change was a real life change!
I also may need to let you know that I have a satellite. I have access to literally hundreds of channels. I even have the movie channels (although not for much longer because they are crazy expensive, yo!).
Now, with all that said… It has been over a month and I have survived!!! I haven’t watched Big Bang Theory (which was hard) or Friends (which was HARDER). I haven’t seen Grey’s Anatomy and I have skipped every episode of The Walking Dead. And I am still happy, blessed, and totally ME.
Now, to address some things that were recently brought up regarding this life change:
Hubby and I watch The walking Dead together. It took me a while to bring it up to him that I would not be watching it anymore. I was a little worried about his reaction. Would he be mad? disappointed? Would he make fun of me? He is a wonderful Christian man, but he is not feeling convicted like I am. And that is ok.
When I did tell him, he was confused. A few days later, he admitted he was aggravated. Watching the show was something we did together and he was not sure he wanted to do it without me. I stuck to my guns, and he was loving and accepting… and we have gone through 3 episodes with him in the living room and me watching something else in the bedroom. And we are ok.
I have even had to ask him to change the channel if something is on that I am not comfortable with. Sometimes he agrees and sometimes he doesn’t– and that’s ok! When he wants to watch something I don’t, I just go back into the bedroom. No harm, no foul.
remember this image? I used it to refer to what I was watching “at the moment”…
I was really worried about what I would watch when I couldn’t watch my favorite popular shows. But, folks, there is a lot of TV out there! I watch a lot of reality TV (mainly Say Yes to the Dress and The Voice); I watch a lot of TV Land (Andy Griffith to the rescue!); and I have discovered UP TV and Inspiration Channel. I do not like a lot of the syndicated TV on those networks, but I have enjoyed the movies they play. I watch movies (I love warm, fuzzy chick flicks and animated movies) and sports (I mean, I DO live with Hubby, after all).
I also posted this pic of what I was watching “At the Moment”… I have even given up All My Children!!
There are times I have to make choices not to watch a certain episode of a series that I deem safe. There are times I choose to change the channel because a reality show is becoming way too sensational. And, friends, there are times I have left the TV off altogether. I know, right?! Go figure!
I’m an adult… and a very intelligent one at that. I can watch TV shows and know the difference between right and wrong. I can watch movies and know that it is unwise to behave like a certain character. That isn’t the issue. The issue is that I was becoming desensitized by all of it… and my kids were being exposed to it. (The moment when your 16-year-old daughter tells you she thinks Andy Griffith is hot and that is just as much because of his goodness as his good looks… priceless)
I am far from where I want to be, and it is still super hard… but I feel better and I am determined to press on. I would love to hear from you. What are you encountering? Are you accepting the challenge or giving in the towel?