Weekly Challenge: Engage in material that is pleasing to God.
Whether it's what we read or what media we set before our eyes, as Americans, our choices are seemingly unlimited. Some of the words and images that are allowed to be published and aired in our country are rather alarming. For the last year or so I've felt convicted to stop watching some of the shows I've followed for years and to stop viewing most R rated movies because of the sex, crude jokes, and language. However, I haven't.
On Dr. Dobson's radio program, he talked about a man who put Psalm 101:3 above his television to help him in this quest: "I will set before my eyes no vile thing..." That's bold! And commendable. It's become so easy to watch the "vile" in our society. It's on almost every channel, in some form or the other. I've battled with this for purely worldly reasons and I don't think it affects everyone the say way, but after I'm done watching one of my primetime shows (that are far from Godly) I feel icky and dare I say, corrupted. The material projected is not what I want to infiltrate my life, but I'm "addicted" to the characters and the plot and desire to keep watching in order to find out what happens next.
On New Year's Eve, Tim and I went to the movies to see The Wolf of Wall Street. I was so excited, since it's been awhile that I've been to the theater. Note to self: watch the trailer first! I'd never seen the preview, and with the actors I was under the impression that it was a comedy. Boy, was I ever wrong! The movie depicts a man who indulges in drugs, sex, and money to advance his career on Wall Street. For three hours we watched the characters smoke crack, have intercourse with prostitutes, dehumanize their peers, and abuse their wives. That was it. For THREE hours! Pure trash. I'm not saying the actors didn't do a wonderful job portraying this lifestyle, but the content was extremely vile. We both left the movie feeling disgusting, wishing we'd left during the film, and promising each other a better New Year's Eve in 2014. However, I'm glad we saw it (in a way) because it's the final push I needed to stop watching some of this garbage on T.V. that I follow. Here's to hoping I can stay strong and avoid my favorite trashy reprieves during the week. I welcome any suggestions for new "healthy" shows I can get hooked on to help me conquer the temptation of going back to my old programs!
I'm Ashley Ashcraft,
a military wife and
stay-at-home mama, earnestly seeking the Christ-like life. I invite you to walk alongside me in my quest to raise our children and join the antics of our unpredictable military lifestyle. I pray your heart feels rejuvenated and inspired each time you visit OFH!