I love watching movies and I love music. The problem with them is I know I have to be careful with what I watch and what I listen to.
When I was growing up, many of my peers felt I was sheltered. We weren’t allowed to listen to anything but Oldies and Christian music. And, we weren’t allowed to watch anything over PG, even as a teenager. Of course, I didn’t like it too much, but I knew my parents, especially my mom, felt convicted about it.
Nowadays, I have a really hard time listening to anything but Christian music and rarely watch PG13 or higher as an adult. There have been times I’ve veered and turned on other music, or watched other movies, but you know what? I felt convicted about it. What good was it doing me anyway? Did it benefit me? 95% of the time it did not. There may have been a movie, like “Schindler’s List,” that I learned from. The other movies I saw, however, I only learned bad words, violence, and sexual content. There’s enough of that in the world already without choosing to add it to my life.
I love music, but listening to something is just as bad as watching it. When you’re only talking about your personal feelings about something or someone involving sex or revenge or anything else negative, there’s nothing good about that. And what’s worse is that you go around later with a song stuck in your head and you can’t get rid of it. It’s stuck there and it’s not encouraging you at all each and every time it comes back up. So why do it?
There’s very few shows I watch on tv. Very few. When I have the tv on its Hallmark or TV Land most of the time. I’ll watch Hallmark only if there’s a movie on. I’ll watch HGTV and History channels too. Those channels have to be very specific shows I’m looking for. Otherwise, forget it!
My sister, Rachael, and I were talking about tv shows today. One of the shows that came up was “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” It’s on Netflix now so we were watching that together a little while today. It is so good and so funny! I’ve seen this show before, but it’s been a long time now. I loved it! Why can’t we go back to that? It’s good, clean, funny, and fun!
Next time you go to watch or listen to something, think about it first. Will it benefit me? Will I learn from it? Or, will it help someone? If not, maybe you should move on and do something that will.
1 Timothy 1:5
The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.
1 Corinthians 15:33-34
Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.” Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all.