It has been a couple of months since I decided to limit our TV/movie watching and I can't tell you what a difference it has made with the Noah and Jack! They do still watch cartoons (Qubo) at Grammy's house every night. I am hoping to get that cut out soon. Because my family watches the boys for free while I am at work, though, I don't like to leave too many rules with them. If I see that the cartoons adversely effect their behavior than I will be willing to request a ban at their house as well.
Changes since the TV ban:
- Increased creativity and imaginative play
- Interest in building things (towers)
- Less fighting and hitting
- Big decrease in destructive behavior (whether it's their toys, water messes or my things. The coloring on faces...that's not changed though)
- Less attitude and defiance
- A huge increase in their ability to keep themselves quietly occupied.
I have been struggling with the movie ban (Netflix and Hulu Hehe), but this week I have made a concerted effort to not watch one.thing. while at my house. and can even see the difference with me. I have more patience with the boys and a lot more energy. My house stays cleaner and work actually gets done! And let's not forget to mention all the time I'm willing to give to God now that I'm not engrossed in seven seasons of some odd television show.
All in all, God has managed to convince me that He was right in requesting me to dump my movie collection (when is He ever wrong?! LOL) and I am ready to take the next step: the TV is going to Goodwill this week! I will be keeping some of our treasured movies for those very random movie nights. But we will be borrowing someones else's TV for that.
I read this verse last night and it really hit home:
"If your hand or foot gets in God's way, chop it off and throw it away. You're better off maimed or lame and alive than the proud owners of two hands and two feet, godless in a furnace of eternal fire. And if your eye distracts you from God, pull it out and throw it away. You're better off one-eyed and alive than exercising your twenty-twenty vision from inside the fire of hell."
Watching movies and/or TV is not wrong (depending on what you are watching!). Nowhere in the Bible do you find a verse that clearly states it is a sin to entertain yourself with a movie. However, if television keeps you distracted. Keeps you from spending time with God and following His will for your life, than it is far better to "pull it out and throw it away" than to spend eternity apart from God.
What "good" things do you have in your home that are separating you from God? Remember that it is better to live lacking in a world of good things than to find that you've missed the most important."The way to life - to God! - is vigorous and requires total attention."
Matthew 7:14 (the Message)