Cutting Back

I’m not sure about you, but I’ve become really bored with TV. There are so many channels but there’s little of value that is worth spending time watching.  I don’t think that I can give it up all together. (Hey, I still have to watch some college football and a show or two that I find entertaining).  But, I want to make better use of my time:  spend more time with my kids and wife, more time studying God’s Word and really digging deep, more time planning ways to reach out in our community, and more time building a business and ministry that I’m really excited about.  These are things that are worth spending time on.

What about in your life?  What’s worth giving up for something of greater value?  If you looked back on your life in 10 or 20 years, what is something you wouldn’t regret giving up for something you would like to gain?

Jesus gave up His position in the heavens to come to earth and sacrifice Himself for us (see verses below).  There was and never will be a greater sacrifice.  For me, giving up a few hours a week of television seems like a no-brainer.  It’s still tempting to sit down and flip on the tube and veg out, but I am quickly reminded as I see what isn’t on how wasteful it can be.  There’s a lot more useful things I can do with my time.  Plus, when my kids are older and don’t want to spend time with me, there will be plenty of time to watch all those seasons of 24!

5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.