Today is the second day following the end of a 40 day fast of Television. During the 40 days I have tried to not watch any television at all, the exception being when I spend time with my parents. Yesterday I arrived home in the afternoon from church and sat on my couch in front of my big TV with an hour or two to kill. I sat for a moment pondering my next move. Watching TV would involve removing the towel I had placed over the TV and retrieving the remote controls from the entertainment unit. I chose what may have been the more lazy option, or simply the one that I would enjoy more: I reached for a book. With all the entertainment in the world at my fingertips including many hours of recorded television and three game consoles, I reached for a book. I wanted to know the next adventure in the story.
So apart from forgetting to watch TV, what have I gained? During the time I’ve been not watching TV, I’ve read a lot. This inculdes both the fantasy fiction allagory novel that I’ve been enjoying and severeal inspirational teaching books. One in particular “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan has taken me on an amazing journy of discovery with God. I beleive I connected with him more during this time that I would normally and I heard from him more and more concerning my relationship with him and others. It has been a fantastic time of learning and growing, all by switching off the TV.