That’s Entertainment…

Posted: January 14, 2022 in Uncategorized

Let’s start here. I love entertainment and there is nothing wrong with being entertained. That being said, I feel like I need to take a few moments to talk about what just might be my word for this year. That word is focus. You see over the last few weeks I have become increasingly aware of how easily distracted I have become. There are times where I find it really hard to focus in all areas of life, and mostly the culprit is entertainment. Whether it’s a game on my phone, or social media posts, YouTube videos or even binge watching TV, it’s easy to get caught up in it, and while it is entertaining, I also realize it is cutting into my very limited time—the time I need to reach personal goals, not to mention my God-given call.

Am I going to strip away all entertainment? Of course not. There are times where it can be very inspirational, but therein is a key. I can’t speak for you, but the things I let into my head tend to stick with me, so it is important that I feed myself things I want to stick with me. I’m reminded of the verse that says, Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8 NIV)This is a great gauge for entertainment. Ask yourself, will this diversion, put me in a better place after I have consumed it, or will it take me into negativity or even sin. For me social media can be a trap. I can read some of the things that happen there, and it will put my mood into a tailspin. I don’t need that in my life, and I’m guessing you don’t need it either.

Needless to say there is much more to be considered. For the most part, I am capable of making good choices and discerning good from bad, and I make pretty good choices most of the time, but there’s that word again “time.” I have goals and dreams and a calling to be considered and entertainment can really eat up a lot of time. So one of the things I need to ask myself are “Will this thing, whatever it is, help me toward the accomplishment of these goals? Will it encourage me or inspire me, or is it just a waste of time?”

I also have to be a little careful with how I analyze this. I recently picked up a book I planned to read for my doctoral research, but as I began to read, I realized it is really off topic for what I am working on. Still I kept reading, because while it doesn’t fit that project, God has been using it to illuminate some things I have struggled with my entire life. So while it may not fit the project, it is meeting me in what may be my place of greatest need, and so I continue. This is a really good book and an interesting read. It is entertaining but it is something more. If I put the principles I am learning in it’s pages to work, it just might bring me some healing that I have needed for a very long time.

So again I am not saying we have to live lives that are totally devoid of entertainment. Entertainment can help us unwind and bring us some real joy. What I am saying is you only have so many hours in a day to crush your goals and accomplish your dreams, the hours we spend we will never get back, so let’s be sure to invest them wisely. We need a lot more in life than entertainment.

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