“Our blessings have become a curse. They attract us. They take too much of our time and concern.” – Leonard Ravenhill
One of the most powerful tools Satan is using to attack the church and keep Christians crippled in America today is distractions.
Let’s face it, life in America is distracting. We have TV and xbox and iphones and the latest gadgets, cars to repair soccer practice to take the kids to, work. We try to squeeze spending time with the family in there, but even that is mostly taken up by staring at the television together. None of these things are that bad, but they tend to distract us from what truly matters; our relationship with God.
We have enough free time to spend a couple hours watching a movie a couple times a week or just vegging out in front of some mind numbing sitcoms and playing Black Ops to all hours of the night, but we struggle to give God just fifteen minutes of our week according to the Barna Group’s research.
What are you going to do when you get to eternity, if you can’t stick in an hour with God down here? In God’s name, what are you going to do in a million years in God’s presence? Expect some reports from earth about football or something? – Leonard Ravenhill
If something is preventing you from being as close to God as you should be it needs to be removed. Fat keeps a runner from running as fast as they could, so runners work hard to trim off the fat. This fat trimming increase their speed and makes them healthier which makes them a better runner. Likewise we need to trim off the fat of the American dream and the fat of distractions in our life so we can run the spiritual race as best we can.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. – Romans 12:2
Starting today I am taking a 40 day challenge to cut TV out of my life. This includes Netflix, xbox, or even youtube on my iPhone. I will replace much of that time with reading and praying and listening to praise music. I will provide periodic updates to let you know my progress during this challenging time, and hopefully it will encourage you to take up a similar fast for God.
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. – Psalm 119:15
So nobody accuses me of cheating I will have just a few exceptions here.
- My wife and I started a tv show on netflix, we have about 15 episodes left and Netflix is getting rid of it on June 1st, so I will finish the series with my wife (only that show and only when watching with her)
- Xbox just for working out – using the game Your Shape: Fitness Evolved
- Sermons on Youtube – Many of the sermons I listen to are provided on youtube, but that is all I will watch there
Start the Countdown
So now I start my count down, forty days of no television, netflix, xbox games, or watching videos online. Forty glorious days of drawing closer to God with one less distraction in my life. On June 26th I may not even want to go back to watching TV. 🙂
“No man is greater than his prayer life.” – Leonard Ravenhill
Will you join me with your own challenge? Is there something God has been tugging on your heart to get rid of? Comment below and let me know what challenge you want to take on.