Thinking Beyond The Screen

Erin Davis 11/14/12
Category: Myself ; 16 comments

girl on couch watching TVYesterday, I challenged you to think about limiting your media intake in response to verses like these.

Ephesians 5:15–17 says, "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is" (emphasis added).

Psalm 90:12 says, "So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom."

If you're like me, the majority of the time thieves in your life sneak in through a screen. From Pinterest to email to Facebook to Words with Friends ... there are lots and lots of distractions available at the tip of our fingers.

But ... media is here to stay. Limitations are wise, but how can you know which media to partake in and what to ditch? In Lies Young Women Believe, authors Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh offer seven questions to help you think through your media choices. Check it out.

Q: Does it violate the standard of Philippians 4:8? ("Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.")

Q: Would you be embarrassed to watch it with Jesus?

Q: Does it create conflict between you and your parents?

Q: Is it something you have to hide?

Q: Does it cause you to isolate yourself from family members and friends?

Q: Does it cause you to neglect other responsibilities?

Q: Do you have a greater appetite for media, social networking, or entertainment than you do for spending time in God's Word or in other activities that nourish your spiritual life?

Q: Are you addicted? (Here's a great way to find out if you're addicted to a particular form of media: Give it up for thirty days. If you can't do it, you're addicted!)

Did you answer "yes" to any of the questions above? If so, ask the Lord to help you re-evaluate your media choices. We'd love to encourage you and hold you accountable. Leave us a message below telling us your answers to these questions and what holds you back from "making the best use of the time."

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    Cheyanne
    Thanks!
    on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 9:50 am
    My commitment to God with this media stuff is to only watch three TV episodes a week and one movie. Reading Fanfiction is something I struggle with too. Nothing bad but I love spending way too much time on it. So, three TV shows, one movie, NO fanfiction/romantic reading material.

    Thanks for this guide by the way! Really helpful.
    Bre'onna
    Pinterest
    on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:16 am
    Does it cause you to neglect other responsibilities?
    YES! Pinterest is No Doubt pretty awesome, but i did not get any homework done for the past 2 days due to it. So now I am cramming in Homework, I believe I can work on my pinterest addiction. I plan to spend 30 minutes a day and then decreasing as time goes by. I pray that god helps me with this, so I can focus more on his words and my studies.
    Brittany
    Re:
    on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:46 am
    I definitely answered yes to some of these questions! I'm addicted to listening to music, literally. I'll listen to it all day on the internet or another source. If i could, I'd even live off of music. I've had a hard time breaking this habit since I was little. So, I'll definitely try harder.
    me
    Re:
    on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 11:52 am
    thanks, I needed this.
    Kaylee S. Smith
    Please...
    on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm
    Please pray for me?

    I am having so much trouble breaking my addiction with the computer/online... I try, but it's hard. And I keep reverting back to my old ways. I can't seem to get all my school work done cuz I keep falling back into temptation (going online when I should be doing school...I'm homeschooled). will you please pray for me? :( Thanks...

    ~ Kaylee S. Smith
    Christina
    Media
    on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm
    I could say yes to these on what i watched and listened to for a long time, but at the begining of this year it changed and i haven't watched or listened to the bad stuff since.

    I'm praying for all of you!

    They say that if you quit cold turkey and don't go back to something for 40 days that you won't be in the same habit, try doing it, it might work! If you have to even change friends, do whatever it takes!
    Lily in the Field
    Re:
    on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm
    Praying for you ladies with some of the extra time that I have. =)
    anonymous
    :)
    on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm
    It's ironic that this is being posted on screen, considering that many people (like me) that are reading this spend too much time watching tv and using the computer already:)
    However, I'm glad you posted this. It brings home the fact that our media time takes away our time that we could be spending with family, friends, and God. I'll take this as another reason not to listen to music until my ears ring and to avoid looking at this screen for so long that my eyes cross and i get a headache...
    Anonymous
    Re: Kaylee S. Smith
    on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 11:47 pm
    I'll be praying for you Kaylee! :) I know how hard it can be to not waste time on the computer while your suppose to be doing school. I am homeschooled too. I'll be praying that God will give you the strength you need to brake this habit! :)
    Sarah, with the LYWB team
    @Kaylee S....
    on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm
    I, too, am praying for you. Persevere, Kaylee. Do what it takes to break this habit. You are not only breaking the media addiction for now, but it will affect your future too!

    "Heavenly Father...I pray for Kaylee that You will help her. She has admitted her need, and she has cried out to You--asking You to help her. Will You step in and give her the strength and wisdom to do what is right? Will You give her conviction in her heart each time she crosses the line? Would You work in a supernatural way to take the longing away to stay "one more minute" on-line? Would You give her wisdom in how to break this stronghold in her life? You, O Lord, are faithful to hear your children when they call out to You. We entrust Kaylee into Your tender, loving care. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
    Kaylee S. Smith
    Tear-in-ear-Thanks
    on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:31 am
    Thank you so very much for caring!! It blessed my socks off!! Thank you!!! :') Thanks for praying. And also for the encouraging words! I will forever remember this...

    I have my own ministry, and I am always helping other girls towards the path to purity and Christ...so it was very hard for me to admit that I needed help and to let someone actually help me. I don't know why..but it was hard.

    Thanks again. <3

    ~ Kaylee S. Smith
    Sierra Rose
    RE: Kaylee S. Smith
    on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm
    Hey Kaylee! When I read your post I couldn't help but think the Lord was calling me to pray for you as well! The reason for this is because I can relate so much to your struggles...throughout my 7th & 8th grade years, I too was home schooled through an online program and found it so difficult to remain productive. I would just sit in bed and literally watch TV all day long. I knew it wasn't what the Lord wanted for me (or even what I wanted for me!), but for some reason I couldn't help it. At the time, my relationship with God wasn't as strong as it is now, so I didn't ask for His help; I just kept doing what I knew was not the best for me. So today, I pray for you, Kaylee!
    "Dear God,
    Please reach down and inspire Kaylee. I know that You have so much potential for her life and that her getting distracted hinders that plan. Lord, I pray today that You will touch her heart and wake her spirit to make the most of this beautiful life that you have given her! I pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ,
    Amen.
    Kaylee S. Smith
    Another Thank You!!
    on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm
    Thank you Sierra Rose!!

    Your care blessed be VERY very much.

    I will treasure all of y'all's prayers in my heart always. Overwhelming-thank you!

    ~ Kaylee S. Smith
    rachel
    I think God is trying to tell me something...
    on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 11:00 am
    I just finished reading an article explaining how your brain becomes reassured by repeated images and how the scriptures need to be the most common thing your eyes read.
    A friend linked it on Facebook. It was fascinating and scary what power our habits have on our brains.
    I think I am going to try and cut down my screen time again.
    Last Edit: on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 12:39pm by cgaul  
    Carrie, with the LYWB team
    @ Rachel
    on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm
    You’re right… God is the Master Creator. I love it when medical discoveries “prove” what God has said is true in His Word.

    2 Corinthians 10 says that we’re to be sure everything we are thinking aligns with what God says is true in His Word. That means, as you’ve said, that what we watch, read, hear, talk about has profound impact on our mind.

    Thanks for asking about the link, Rachel. We have chosen not to post it because it comes from a Mormon blog. Mormon beliefs about Jesus do not align with the teachings of Scripture.
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    London779
    on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 4:32 pm
    mbt and shoes Lies Young Women Believe | Thinking Beyond The Screen
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