Wasting time or wasting your mind?

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I saw a news story today that astonished me, and made me sad at the same time.

A study out of London determined the average person will invest more than 78,000 hours watching television during his or her life.

That’s the equivalent of nine years of non-stop consumption of TV programming. If TV was your full-time job, you’d be investing eight hours a day, five days a week with two weeks of vacation for 39 years.


In Matthew 6:22-23, Jesus told his followers, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”

Isn’t that the truth!

Success gurus will confirm that you’ll move in the direction of whatever you focus your eyes upon.

If you focus on poverty, you’ll become impoverished. If you focus on sickness, you’ll become sick. Why do you think that whatever people worry about often comes true?

They have essentially told their mind to focus on ____ (fill in the blank). So, their subconscious mind starts to look for things to confirm that worry.

But, if they told their mind to focus on a positive goal instead, then their subconscious will take over and look for ways to accomplish that goal.

Your mind acts on input alone.

Computer programmers have known this for years. They call it “garbage in, garbage out.” If there is a flaw in the programming instructions, the program will either break or fail to act as expected.

Consider what’s shown on television today. Murders, affairs, lying, cheating, conniving, hatred, immorality – the list goes on and on.

Most adults are digesting 3.5 hours of that type of imagery every day.

Worse, children are viewing the same images.

Because that’s what we are allowing to enter our minds, society is in deep trouble. Television has rendered adults and children powerless, useless and hypnotized through mindless entertainment. It’s like taking a very addictive drug.

Are you happy with your life, your finances, your health and relationships?

If not, then turn off the television!

You’ll find yourself more peaceful, happier and optimistic. And you’ll have more time to pursue things that make you stronger, happier, healthier and wealthier.

Apostle Paul offered some advice in Philippians 4:8 when he instructed people where to focus their attention.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Those aren’t the type of things television shows urge you to think about.

People who avoid television will soon quickly rise to the top at work and in society. The rest of the sheeple will be sitting on the couch letting strangers control their minds and, ultimately, their destinies.

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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