By this time next week, I'll be able to watch television once again, my latest month-long “TV Turnoff” ending in great success. Question is: will I really want to return to the tube? Certainly, I will never watch television the same way again. Real life has proven to be far more interesting! I've never been more productive, organized, focused, or relaxed! It has been a life-changing experience, without a doubt. Rather than attempting to spin some sort of narrative, allow me to share a few random insights thus far:
*Away from TV’s daily diet of salacious innuendo and cynical commentary, I’m surprised at how coarse I’d allowed my own language to become, and how negative my perspective on life.
*I’m startled by how I’ve lowered my standards…what garbage I’ve permitted myself to consume, without a single cringe…and what I’ve found amusing.
*I’ve rediscovered a hunger for holiness, available only when I mortify (“put to death”) the un-Godly influences and temptations in my life (Hebrews 12:14).
*I’m far more contented with who I am, and what I have…not motivated as much by what I don’t have (Ecclesiastes 4).
*I am quicker to listen, slower to speak, and slower to get angry (James 1:19).
And—as I guess you can see—I’m spending a bit more time in God’s Word!
Of course, television provides only a fraction of the distraction; the assault on my sensibilities continues unabated from many other sources. Can I go for a month without my satellite radio, Blockbuster Video™, Facebook®, my iPod®…
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About Mark Daniels
Mark Daniels is a broadcasting veteran of more than 30 years, and currently serves as the Programming and Marketing Manager of WFIL/WNTP in Philadelphia. His daily talk show and On the Mark commentaries have consistently won top honors from the PA Association of Broadcasters, as well as past awards from the Philadelphia Press Association, Excellence in Media, and others. Daniels serves as host of the nationally-syndicated Christian ministry program, The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Montgomery Boice. He is a church elder and Bible conference president. Mark Daniels can be heard weekdays at 4pm ET on www.wfil.com, and The Mark Daniels Show can be seen weekly on WBPH-TV 60 (WBPH.org).
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