Posted by: zephaniah317 | February 3, 2007

Downtime

Just a thought for the weekend…

After a hard week (or even day) at work, we all like to “crash”.  Some of us might crash in different ways, but a common one is lying in front of the TV for a few hours, watching whatever’s on, or popping in a DVD.  I do it, you do it, we all do it.  I did it last night; rented “Cars” for the first time and loved it.  BUT, did you ever stop and think that the healthiest downtime exercise for our souls might be to have a quiet time with God?  I did, I mean, think about it, and actually did it last night before the movie.  Were the motives of my heart the best?  Maybe, maybe not.  Was it a little out of guilt?  Maybe.  In any case, it did feel good to keep God number one in my daily life, at least in this aspect of it.  It was only about 20 minutes of meditation and prayer, no Bible reading, nothing huge, but it really got me centered.

One thing it made me realize is how much I’ve compromised in my life just to “fit in”, be  accepted, etc.  For those of you who know me, ever since my marriage and subsequent divorce, I’ve been on a kick where I’m very aware of the media and how we’re desensitized to things that we as Christians shouldn’t be.  Sex out of wedlock is almost – nevermind, it is an afterthought, and really not even an afterthought in today’s media.  It’s a matter of incredulous comedy and humor when someone is a 40-year-old virgin.  And we watch it every night on the tube.  And for someone like myself coming out of bondage to pornography (now almost 3 years ago), it’s important to keep crap out of my eyes.  So, while I feel strongly about what I’m writing about this morning, I’m also aware that I may be in a minority here, and that it’s not as big a hindrance to others’ Christian walk, and that’s OK.  But, is this really something that’s healthy for our hearts and souls, or is it something that’s actually numbing them and making them weaker?

I remember hearing/reading about the San Antonio Spurs a few years ago when they had Dennis Rodman on their team (an awkward time at best for Spurs fans like myself – I mean, he’s absolutely a freak show, but he’s a good player and does a great job defending and rebounding, so it feels weird cheering for him, but what do you do?).  One regimen he implemented to help the team was working out, even if it was just on the elliptical bike, after a game.  Think about it, you’ve just been playing NBA Basketball for, what, say, 2 1/2 hours, and then you work out.  But, they made it deep into the playoffs that year, and no doubt they were one of the best conditioned teams in the league.

So, don’t we owe it to our friend/Lord/Savior to do the same?  Is there anyone who can heal us emotionally like Jesus?  Uh, no.  And for me, after a week of being reminded of an impending divorce, demands being placed on me at work, and, yes, serving at church (which isn’t demanding if I look at it right, but yes, time-consuming), the best place to go isn’t in front of the TV, but in front of the One who can actually get me up and going again, because He wants to.  Have a great weekend, everyone (and play a few rounds of cards or something during SB XLI halftime – I mean, really, Prince is a talented musician no doubt, but when was the last time you heard a song by him on the radio? – as Han Solo said in Star Wars, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this”).  🙂

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  1. love the Prince comment! Thanks for sharing your stuff with us. For starters, I’m glad you got some down time last night…I worry about you sometimes. I’m also glad you got to get ‘centered’ with your Father…I’m positive that He enjoyed it also. Love you! And since we might get kicked off the service planning team after tomorrow’s service, let me just say it’s been nice serving with ya!! : ) (just kidding…have FUN!!)

  2. Alright I’m going to have to defend Prince now…..jeez! I’m not a fan really of his but….did you see the half time show? It was great! and tasteful (I thought)….Purple Rain in the rain? What could be better?

  3. Uh, BA, did you read the first part of this post about being “de-sensitized”? Again, I guess I’m on the extreme side of things (as usual), but we’re not far enough removed from the “wardrobe malfunction” to have dancing girls at the Super Bowl halftime, not that we ever should. Prince never performs without them, although, from my 80’s recollections, I think they were dressed more modestly than who he usually has on stage with him.

  4. I will confess that I only saw the second half of the show…but I don’t even recall seeing dancing girls….All I remember is the glow in the dark marching band and the very much needed guitar solo shadow thingy…..which was cool I might add!

  5. Ok….went to youtube and watched the whole performance. I still think it was tastful 🙂 (Minus that wierd feminine scream thing he did). Yes there were dancing girls but…I couldn’t see an inch of skin showing (very heavily dressed) and there dances were not provocative in my opinion. And like four rippin guitar solo’s?……nice. With a Hendrix watchtower mix? That’s the only thing that could be better than purple rain in the rain! lol.

  6. Like I said, just where I’m at right now, maybe I’m on the extreme side of things, maybe I’m right, maybe I’m wrong. Just some of the stuff seems unnecessary, and you and I both know about the lyrics to “Let’s Go Crazy”, so I’m just saying I wouldn’t want my kids watching it, so why should I? I don’t want to be legalistic here, because Prince needs Jesus’ love just like everyone else, but I don’t have to watch his show.

  7. All I have to say it was a fun game to watch! Go Colts!! I wish that my Broncos were in it, but maybe next year. I missed the half time as I was driving home in the freezing cold!!! Yikes. Have a great trip. May it be a safe and Blessed one for you. As for emtrime, I think if I were in your shoes that it is ok for it to be extreme. You do what you need to do to stay away from that crap. More power to ya! 🙂

  8. crazyfun, at least the winners of the game were in the ‘horse’ family, right?!?

    my favorite part of halftime? the glow-in-the-dark marching band and the thematic serendipity of purple rain in the rain…

    i realize we’ve kind of gotten off point of z’s original post and we love you, z!

  9. Thanks for pointing that out, LP. The theme of only getting comments on silly stuff continues!


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