The last few weeks, I have spent an inordinate amount of time watching entire seasons of Lost. I usually don’t watch that much television at all – during the school year I am in class during the day, and I work most evenings. But my family has Netflix, and that means that I can watch most television shows and a lot of movies on my computer at any time. And then there’s always Hulu, where you can watch new TV episodes the day after they air.
I haven’t done really anything productive in the past two weeks, and I’ve spent most of that time watching the television or bumming around on my computer. God has been convicting me lately on my use of time in regard to this.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. – Ephesians 5:15 &16
This is the verse that has been on my heart. I am not my own – I was bought with a price. And I’m to glorify God with my body. How I live, how I speak, how I act, and how I use my time.
So I’ve been thinking, what could I be doing with all these hours I waste on media? This summer, I’m going to try to find out. Until my 20th birthday (August 31st), my goal is to not watch any TV or movies, unless it’s a group event or something. (Example: if my family or friends are going to watch a movie together, I’ll do that with them, but I won’t just sit down and watch something by myself cause I’m bored or my favorite show is on).
So today, instead of watching Lost with my little brother, I read my bible for a while, and then spent a good chunk of the morning and afternoon cleaning on the north and south porches. I got something done. So I’m just gonna take it one step at a time, and try to make the most out of the time I have. Reading good books, getting things done for my mom, studying, and investing in relationships. And mostly I want to grow in love for the Lord.
And Lord willing, writing things down on here will help keep me focused.