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Mark Daniels Christian Blog and Commentary

Mark Daniels

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A Morning Prayer

Lord, I confess that—so often—I miss the point of following You. Christianity is not about being the best husband or Dad, or feeling good about myself. It’s about dying to the world, and living a life of faith in Jesus Christ. It’s about glorifying God with my thoughts and actions, my priorities and my choices. Help me rise above merely chasing after dollars, and trying to get ahead. Help me trust in Your promise to provide, and put my energy into that which pleases You: the stuff that rust and moth cannot destroy. Thank You for the good things You give, and help me focus on that which is  true and noble, whatever is right and pure, whatever is lovely and admirable—all things excellent or praiseworthy—may I think about such things, and remember how they reflect Your character. Father, I long for Your holiness. Make me clean, as I prepare for another day of serving and loving You…empowered by Your Spirit, and emboldened by the sacrifice of Your Son Jesus, in Whose Name I pray…Amen!

Wednesday was the best day yet of my February Fast from TV and video! I cruised through my usual daily routine, undistracted by the constantly repeating news cycle and endless ads on the tube. I actually shared a meal with my wife, face to face (instead of side by side, staring at a screen)! I pushed through 2 major projects that were hanging over my head, and enjoyed the satisfaction of completing them, without worrying about my nightly Jeopardy fix! Now, don’t get me wrong: I love watching TV and videos. But, I’ve wasted a LOT of time over the years, feeding my entertainment entitlement! My annual February Fast OFFICIALLY ends Sunday night, but I might just continue! This is no formal deal or anything...and it's not a protest over bad programming…it’s just my way of putting my priorities in order! If YOU can go without TV, I”d love to hear from you—drop me an email! mark@wfil.com

My February Fast from TV and video is humming along nicely. If you’re a longtime WFIL listener , you likely know that I’ve gone with television, DVDs, and online video for as long as a month, in past years. But that kinda felt like a BOYCOTT, and that’s not my goal. The "Fast" is not just about content. What I’m going for is screentime awareness. It’s kinda like writing down everything you eat, in any given day, in order to realize just how much food passes between your lips! Every time I do it, I eat less and lose weight. Same with my “video fast.” When I do it, I feel more at rest…have time to pray, read the Bible, and exercise…and am a LOT more productive! As I see my contentment level rise, I naturally cut back on my TV and video watching AFTER the week is up! So, my question to YOU is: do you think you can do it? Can YOU actually go a WEEK…even a DAY…voluntarily turning off the TV, and videos on DVD or your computer? Can you enjoy a meal with your family without watching the tube? Can you fall asleep tonight without the TV? No Netflix, no YouTube, NOTHIN’! If you think you can, TRY IT! And let me know about your experience! Email me: mark@wfil.com. If you’re doing it successfully, let me know how your spouse, or the rest of the family, reacts. What did you find the time to do, without being chained to a screen? How has your mood changed? Or…if you tried, and FAILED, let me know what took ya down! Take your life back from TV, and together, we’ll give the glory to God!

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