"For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 1: 5-8 (NIV)
I kept thinking about this passage, how it's similar to many other passages (like the fruit of the spirit in Galatians 5: 22-23 and how Philippians 4: 8 should be my filter) but two tidbits from the 2 Peter passage kept nudging me (hard) about making every effort and how I need to be adding to the good qualities in increasing measure. I can't (or at least I shouldn't) get comfortable where I am spiritually but I must keep adding to those good qualities. Maybe not necessarily every quality at the same time (that might be overwhelming) but I should still try my best to add to them, even piecemeal, in increasing measure.
Then, and then, Kelly Minter asked me in last week's Nehemiah bible study lesson (not personally, through her book, although I'm sure we'd be fast friends if we ever met just the same) what it would look like to fear God more than most people and how would my life look different (basing this on the fact that the church is called to be set-apart from the world--in the world but not of the world and all--and known for its other-than-ness).
There are certainly lots of ways I can improve on making my daily life be set apart, different from the rest of the world and represent a God-fearing life much more clearly. One of the first things that popped in my head was how I spend my time and what I choose for entertainment.
Overall, I think I do make more careful choices than I used to about what TV shows and movies to watch and what books to read, yet there is always room for improvement even within our (my) list of shows. Some shows are clearly inappropriate but others are borderline (like occasional racier episodes or pushing the language envelope) and I (we) waffle back and forth on those. And some shows (yeah, Mad Men, Friday Night Lights I'm talking 'bout y'all) I'm just way too attached to ever break up with (see, that's the problem) and I rationalize my character attachment/ but there's so much drama/but it's so funny/but it's such a good storyline against the blatant *bad* stuff. The sad truth is almost every single show or movie has something *bad* (sinful) somewhere.
Short of cutting out all TV/movies altogether (hey, baby steps people, baby steps) (although I can completely respect that decision and often wonder what life would be like without our 48" temptation) I am convicted to cull the timers on our DVR.
I must admit it's painful.
Loosely related side note: Did y'all know that Lisa Whelchel (forever known as Blair Warner on The Facts of Life, I heart the 80s) is on Survivor right now? I kind of wish I hadn't found that out because I gave up watching Survivor years ago but want to watch it now just to see how Lisa/Blair does in the Philippines.
And speaking of TV...
Lisa Leonard announced today that she and her family will be filming a faith based reality TV show called Life by Design. So exciting!! Be sure to tell your friends and help her spread the good news m'mkay?
Hooray for GOOD reality TV!