Being Entertained vs. Being
I will confess that last Friday I was in an emotional funk. Did not want to talk with anyone. Had no motivation to do anything. What made it worse was the list of things I wanted to do for Friday to be a successful day.
Add to my funk some shame at being unproductive.
I wanted to run away from the list and just exist (an accidental rhyme, I love when that happens).
To just be.
So, what was my next move? I did exactly what the aspiring writer and Christian contemplative ought to do.
I turned on the TV.
Gosh, how dumb was that, really?
Yet, what kept me from sinking further into my shame was the knowledge that 99.99% of the rest of America was doing the exact same thing on Friday at noon. How’s that for comparison, I’m OK because everyone else is doing the same thing.
The TV is the great dis-connector. It disconnects us from relationship with each other, as we sit in parallel silence watching shows that offer little to talk about.
And it disconnects us from God.
Offering noise that makes it impossible to hear the still small voice of our Beloved.
Creating dissatisfaction by establishing unachievable expectations of body image, relationships, and how conflict should be resolved after commercial breaks.
Filling our hearts with junk.
While we are being entertained, we are being disconnected from the Source of life.
I can just hear the enemy laughing at how easy technology has made his job.
If rest was what I needed, why didn’t I close my eyes and nap? Renew. Refresh.
Why does a nap feel like a waste of time, but four hours of TV seems like a good idea?
Why didn’t I sit and read a Psalm? Repeat it. Savor it. Close my eyes and imagine it. Life it. Breath it. Pray through it.
Does that take more energy than manning the remote control? Probably not. And there is a much greater return on the investment.
God gets to speak. He has space that I have created for Him. We would get to dwell together.
That is being.