No Worthless Thing
"The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light" (Matthew 6:22).
The best decision we made after choosing to homeschool was removing the television from our home. Since both my husband and I had been raised with Saturday morning cartoons, public television, and after-school programs, we found it difficult to let go of the comfortable familiarity of television programming. However, God's conviction was sure as He made us aware of the time we were wasting watching unproductive entertainment. In addition, we both had seen the deterioration of programming and advertising content that included blatant disregard for life, the Lord, and sexual decency. Fortunately, we finally turned off the tube and obeyed the Holy Spirit's promptings before our children became caught in the same trap.
Many New Testament believers faced a similar problem in leaving past loves as they began to grow in Christ. In the apostle Paul's letters to the Ephesians, he repeatedly exhorted this early church to refrain from the practices and lusts in which they had participated before coming to a saving knowledge of Christ. His call to purity and holiness in daily living included removing those former things that were not only a distraction, but also a temptation that would return them to a sinful lifestyle. Paul didn't mince any words when he said, "If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness" (Ephesians 4:21-24).
Although following the Lord's leading was difficult, our homeschooling family began to realize multiple blessings after removing our television. Communication and heartfelt times of sharing developed, intellectual knowledge was stimulated through reading inspiring literature, exercise and preparation time for healthy meals increased, creativity was enhanced, and family fun and laughter filled our home. With so many benefits waiting to be experienced, what is keeping your homeschooling family from pulling the plug on your TV? "I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes" (Psalm 101:2-3a).
Father, every day is a challenge to avoid the distractions and temptations that keep my heart and mind from following You. Please, show me how to discipline my life, so I might glorify You in all that I do. In the name of Jesus, Amen.