Tearing Down My Idol

I tore down my idol. 

Maybe it wasn’t an idol, but it sure was a distraction.  It took my time.  It nourished me – at times. Usually it just numbed me, and sometimes it doused me in filth.  Overall, it was far from holy.  So I tore it down.  I call it an idol; others call it an entertainment center. 

Deciding to break free from “just watching TV” has been a long-time challenge.  I tried moderation, rules, and limits.  But I always seemed to drift back to “watching the boob tube” as sort of a default thing to do.  Hours were sucked from my life with absolutely nothing positive to show for it.  At times I would follow a show to the end and think, “That was stupid.”  But it wasn’t many days until I did the same thing.  It was like living a bad rerun. 

I tried to excuse it as entertaining, relaxing, and even educational.  Yet a voice kept asking me, “Is this the best way to entertain yourself, to find peace, and to gain wisdom?”  For a long time I argued with the voice; I ignored the clear answer in order to maintain my habit.  My habit was strong, but God used a few lines from a sermon to empower me to kick the habit.  God told Gideon to tear down false idols before trying to build one to God.  (Judges 6:25-26)  I needed to do the same thing.   

I had withdrawals as I started to unplug my tangle of wires.  I would miss the final episodes of my “favorite” shows!  Can I survive without sports?  But I remained steadfast.  My TV is now facing the wall in a corner of the “junk” room – how appropriate!  My entertainment center cabinet is heading to a donation center.  Already I have more space in my living room, my schedule, and my mind.  It feels good.  Yes, someday I’ll bring back the TV, but not any time soon.  I want to form new, more healthy, habits that truly entertain, relax, and give wisdom.  I can’t wait! 


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One response to “Tearing Down My Idol

  1. Without Fox news and CNBC how are you going to know what to fear, or feel guilty about? Big bold move on your part!

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