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.

 

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