I found an old friend on Facebook, read his info. page and saw under Favorite TV Shows he wrote: "TV is a waste of time."
Man, I hate broad, sweeping generalizations! I do know that this same person is hugely into books. Well, I could say that some books are a waste of time--and I'd be correct. (So there. heh.) But would I ever say, "Books are a waste of time,"? Uh, nooooo.
And some music and relationships and sermons are a waste of time, but would I ever quip, "Music and relationships and sermons are a waste of time,"? Again, Uh, nooooo.
Man, when will we ever walk in balance? Yes, TV can be a major waste of time-- of course! But you know? It was on TV where I saw travel shows about Italy and France and Greece, all places where I'll probably never go, but all places which--now--my eyes have seen and appreciated because they appeared on TV.
It was on TV where I watched documentaries about our Country's history and saw people, photos, letters, battlegrounds, famous homes and so much more--things which took place way before I was born...things which I'd never see otherwise. History which came alive for me after I found it so boring in high school.
It was on TV where I saw cooking shows which inspired me to cook that millionth meal and organizational shows which instructed me how to organize my home. I learned how to better decorate my rooms by watching decorating shows and found inspiration to clear away my clutter there, too. And on TV I learned which style of clothes I should be putting on this sorry figure of mine so it won't look so sorry.
It was on TV where I watched the news and discovered what was happening in my world and my hometown. And it was in front of the TV where I prayed and cried for those who were left behind when their loved ones were killed.
It was on TV where I found shows for entertainment when I needed something light after all the happenings of our world threatened to yank me down. It was because of TV that I experienced 'laughter, the best medicine' at times I needed such medicine. It was TV which sparked some of my all-time favorite conversations.
It was on TV where I heard sermons and teachings which changed my attitude, and thereafter, my life. It was on TV where I watched stories of people returning to God--and was encouraged to become closer to Him, myself.
I could go on and on, but my defense of TV is not the true aim of this post. Rather, I'd just like to toss out a reminder to the world beyond to seek balance in everything. Because it's there, but only if we're open to it.
And no, I'm not saying everyone must have a television in their home, ok? :) Please go back and read this if you think that's the point I was making.
Oh, I LOVED this. Liked it better than my own 'I Am From.'