MOMENTS FOR MOMS
Is Television Out of Control
at Your House?
By Kimberly Snider
Missionary to the Philippines
- "It was your own eyes that saw all these great things
the Lord has done" (Deuteronomy 11:7).
Television is a wonderful form of entertainment -- I know, I work
in media. I believe in the value of TV! But I also believe TV
can be a negative force in families.
If you have teenagers, model good television watching by monitoring
what you choose to watch. Tell your teens why you make your choices--why
you choose to watch some programs and why you turn off others.
For instance, if you have been in the habit of watching sexually
explicit soap operas, maybe now is the time to stop. Explain your
actions by saying something like this: "I've been feeling
convicted about watching shows with content that is not pleasing
to God. The Bible says, 'You were once darkness, but now you are
light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of
the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and
find out what pleases the Lord' (Ephesians 5:8-10)."
If you have elementary-aged children, you have a wonderful opportunity
to teach them how to watch TV responsibly. First, don¹t have
the TV running all day.
Only turn it on when there is something specific you want to
see. Definitely turn it off during meals and when homework is
being done. This is a non-verbal way of teaching them that talking
to each other and doing schoolwork is more important than television.
Don¹t let a day go by without reading a story with your children.
This way, they will learn that reading is exciting, too.
Television is good for entertainment and information some of the
time. You need to be the manager of the television. Don¹t
let the television manage you!
"Moments for Moms," a free email subscription. Copyright
(c) 2005 Women's
Ministries of the Assemblies of God. Reprinted with
"Moments For Moms" is written by Kimberly Snider,
a missionary to the Philippines and host of the radio program
"Moments for Mothers." The radio program is produced by
Asia Pacific Media Ministries. The online edition, "Moments
for Moms," is produced and distributed by Media Ministries
of the Assemblies of God, Springfield, Missouri.
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