DirecTV

Last Fall, our household had DirecTV installed. It was time. We had gone long enough with not being able to watch the Dallas Cowboys in the comfort of my own living room. We were married in spring of 2009 and it was a wonderful decision to not have cable or satellite television in our home for a time. We saved money, we spent more quality time together as a new couple, and we still had DVD’s for entertainment.

Now I never missed a game, but there was something missing about my son and me not watching the game in our home together. So I pulled the trigger and ordered DirecTV before the first regular season game of 2016.

So it has been a little while since the Cowboys and NFL season has been finished.

Now is really the first time that I have felt the need to justify having DirecTV without the Cowboys. Of course I am not going to cancel, but what might practically make me feel like I am getting my money’s worth?

So my DirecTV, is it worth it?

Since we are typically busy Monday – Wednesday, my wife and I catch up on our “shows” on Thursday evenings.

Do you know what I like?

I like keeping Thursdays free for family night.

I like pretending that I don’t like “This is Us”.

I like “Lethal Weapon” more.

I like James Spader in “Blacklist” even more than that.

I like that my wife records the View just to laugh at them.

I like that my son who has a very hard time sitting still, will lay down on me for an hour to watch Planet Earth nature shows.

I like that my daughter would rather dance to the music than watch what is on.

Several people have offered the advice to watch shows as a way of zoning out to help relax my mind, when dealing with stress. My mind doesn’t work like that, I enjoy the shows but they are more mentally stimulating than relaxing.

I have lived without DirecTV and could live without it again but since the NFL draft is coming up we might as well keep it.

If you want to take away something from this, let it be that as a believer in Jesus Christ is redeemed, some things in this world can be redeemed as well. Christ did not die for DirecTV to be redeemed; he died for his sheep to be redeemed. As a believer in Christ and according to Scripture, there are things that cannot be redeemed. These things are sin. If we try to redeem things that are sin, this will surely bring about loss and death. For when things are not clearly sinful but in the big category of things that are abused, like television, we have to use a sensitive and informed conscience. When it was not a good idea for us to purchase DirecTV, we did not. When we felt like it would be a welcomed addition to our house, we had it installed.

This is where wisdom acquired from Scripture, guidance from the Holy Spirit, and a new heart leads to decisions and changes.

If I neglect my relationship with Christ because of DirecTV, that would be sinful. If I neglect my relationship with my wife and kids, that would be sinful. And so on with real priorities.

Other things in my life have not been dealt with so well. Even now, the kids whine about wanting to watch cartoons when it is bedtime or the news will get irritating. I like DirecTV, I don’t love it.

That is why the resolutions of Jonathan Edwards are so helpful to me; they are a constant reminder of priorities.

Resolution:

  1. Resolved, to live so at all times, as I think is best in my devout frames, and when I have clearest notions of things of the gospel, and another world.

Common Grace:

Clothes are a gift. Very literal for me as about 90% of my clothes were bought for me. The season is changing our attire now, going from winter into spring. Some are very stylish and fashionable; others get made fun of for getting “dressed-up” just to be asked to go change. Yeah that’s me. I don’t really put thought into clothes. I like that I wear basically the same thing to work as I do church Although, I do love seeing my little girl dress up and my boy as a cowboy or superhero, or when my wife and I get a date night and we put the right clothes on for dinner to make the occasion special.

Beeline:

Genesis 3 tells of a time when wearing clothes was not the norm, Adam and Eve did not know to wear clothes until after they sinned against God, verse 10. They had not experienced shame until after sin. God sought them out in verse 21, “And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.” So God made a sacrifice to provide a covering for Adam & Eve because of their shame from sin. In this same chapter God would tell the serpent that eventually, Jesus would be not just a covering, but atonement for sin once and for all for those would have faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins and be reconciled with God.

Hometown:

West City Park is definitely a hometown place that is on my mind right now. My son’s baseball season is kicked off causing flashbacks of me playing out at the baseball fields there. The city pool is out there, next to the volleyball court, kids enjoy the skate park, some people group exercise, and we like to meet other families out to have kids play together. Tons of birthday parties are out there and last year we had our family Easter celebration there. I bet most of Mineral Wells can think of some great memories that occurred at the West City Park.

Recommendation:

Cook your bacon in the oven. I don’t do it, but my wife does. And hey, listen up; it is the best bacon ever. It cooks crispy and lays flat without getting blackened and curled up. It might be healthier, it might not be, I don’t know, but its better. Better! Cook your bacon in the oven.

There will be a special post next Sunday, something that no one besides my wife has read.

Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Enjoy.

 

This blog is an experiment in joy. My ambition is for these posts to be full of hope and gladness. Quoting C.S. Lewis, “I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.” We should share what we enjoy; I may be the worst at this craft, so this blog is practice for me.
The name is from the famous resolutions, there were actually 70 of them, that Pastor Jonathan Edwards penned in early 1720’s. It may seem odd to find so much pleasure in reading someone else’s resolutions, but these are not the vain resolutions that we give up on by February every year, these are a brilliant man’s commitments to holiness, repentance, ministry, stewardship, right standing with men and God, and not being wasteful or ineffective in a gracious and gospel intended way of life.
I am resolved to write this blog as how I believe Johnny Edwards would have me: in a gracious pursuit to live out a life to the highest means, or as the Westminster Confession of Faith puts it, the chief end of man. What is the chief end of man? Glorify God by enjoying him forever. Quite simply, I am resolved to write this blog to dwell on the ways God is good and the ways I am joyful in him (neither in amount or complete explanation but in my current experiences).
This is not a “power of positive thinking” blog or prosperity blog, however I will commit to 99% of the time only writing about things that I am enjoying, and will not let this become where I grumble. (I leave 1% when I may have to shoot a wolf.)
I also would like to follow a format consisting of: 1st: A resolution of Jonathan Edwards or another puritan work (like Valley of Vision). 2nd: Common Grace, something that we all are privileged to enjoy regardless of almost any scenario. 3rd: Beeline to the Gospel, I’m going to go from Common Grace and make a beeline to the gospel because I believe that this Common Grace is ultimately pointing us to, the gospel 4th: Hometown Praise for Mineral Wells, Texas – for those who read who might live around here or for those who don’t, maybe this might encourage you to value your area’s offerings. And 5th: Recommendations, again, this is an experiment in joy; joy is more potent when we share it.
I will wrap up this post with the format of how the next blog posts will follow:
Resolution: #55 Resolved, to endeavor to my utmost to act as I can think I should do if I had already seen the happiness of heaven and the torments of hell.
Common Grace: conversation, specifically a greeting, but with the intentionality of speaking someone’s name. For example, walking around Wal-Mart, at work, etc. and you come upon someone you know and you say, “What’s up man?”, “hey, girl!”, or I am old-school and would say, “How ya doing, bud?” Instead, try “Good Morning, Brandon” or “Hello Kelly”. A calling out of someone’s name can signify a connection and an identifying of a relationship that could in a simple but profound way benefit someone.
Beeline to Gospel: Not only does God call those who believe, and of course he knows our name, but upon professing faith in the name of Jesus and the work done at the cross, we are no longer under the name of Adam, as in the fallen state of man in sin and separation with God, but under the name of Jesus, we are adopted and have a new identity, as children of God. Names are important to God, are important in the bible, there is no other name under which men can be saved, and your neighbor’s name is important too.
Hometown: I spent about 4 hours yesterday with my family at the Mineral Wells Lake & State Park. Wonderful trails to hike, bike, or ride horses. Nice beach, picnic areas, and little cabins. I also hear there are good fishing and camping spots. It was already high 80’s in mid-March in Mineral Wells, so we got some sun and a little workout but it was beautiful and a great experience that I look forward to sharing more frequently with my wife and kids. Go find a park or lake.
Recommendation: Rest. I’m preaching to myself here. Get some rest! Not just zoning out, which can be helpful, but I am talking about sleep. I recently had to go to the doctor because after a busy season of life, I experienced some intense anxiety, and I believe a large contributor of my anxiousness was a pattern of “running on” about 5-6 hours of sleep, caffeine, and simple carbs. This all came crashing down on me pretty hard, and when I went to the doctor, I was “prescribed” sleep. I then considered it my job to get 8-9 hours of sleep, which I know is not always possible, but as often as you can, get some rest, specifically sleep. This is not an excuse to be a bum. Work hard, but you can also try to go to bed by 10 and wake up at 6, or whatever time fits you best. I actually had to repent of not resting, so my recommendation to you: rest. Spring Break is over this week for us, time to get back in one of my favorite things, a routine.
I will not make any promises but should be posting at least once a week, probably Sunday evenings.
Enjoy,
Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.