I grew up on t.v. When I was a child, my biggest past time was watching t.v. I won’t be one to say I grew on these shows and I turned out fine, because I don’t think I turned out fine at all.
I struggled (and still struggle) with anxiety for many years of my life, I gave up my virginity at an early age and became involved with more boys than I am proud to admit (I wanted to wait and I would have been proud to admit one-my husband), for many years I gave up very easily when a pursuit got tough and I struggle with having a good work ethic.
I am trying to become the woman I was meant to be in the Lord.
Sure, I am a good Christian woman, a good wife and mother, and have accomplished much, but I can’t help but wonder the kind of woman I could have become if certain things were different in my life.
I don’t blame t.v completely, but the Holy Spirit has convicted me about the shows I use to watch. Some of the shows I loved as a kid and still love in some cases. I can’t share with my children knowing what I know now.
I want to share shows like Disney’s ”Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Lady and the Tramp,” even “The Lion King,” and many more, but realize they are messages in these films I don’t want my children to receive. These films introduce the topic of romance to children way too early and do not deliver the message from a biblical perspective.
I feel stumped. I feel as though there is not very much I can let my children watch these days, without something being said that I really think the film could have done without. So much kid shows with adult jokes and animations not suitable for children, by my standards.
Am I taking this too seriously? I am sure a lot of people would think so. I am even baffled by the things some Christian parents I know let their kids watch on t.v and on the internet, and the kind of games they let them play, and I wonder if they don’t realize where their kid’s obnoxious behaviors come from. Actually, they don’t seem very worried when obnoxious, disgusting things come out of their children’s mouths at all. Is it only me?
I have been convicted for so long to stop watching so much television, to go so far as to take the t.v out. My husband and I agreed to get rid of cable and take out our t.v. Pick a few shows we like and watch them on Amazon on our computer, when we feel to watch something. We picked “Tanked” (Animal Planet) and “Pond Stars,” for just me was “19 Kids and Counting.” Our kids get to watch “Sofia the First” “Doc Mcstuffins,””Paw Patrol,” and “Team Umizoomi.”
My eight year old daughter really wants to watch shows like “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” “Mia and Me,” “Lalaloopsy” and shows like that. I don’t like some messages in those shows and don’t want her to. She wants to know what is so bad about these shows. How do I explain that?
I try to protect their impressionable minds from worldly nonsense as much as I can, but find this battle getting harder and harder to fight. I am thankful for the fact that my kids watch very little t.v. I want to filter their t.v watching, even more than I already have, but sometimes I hear voices in my head telling me that I am being overprotective or I can’t protect them from everything. These worldly voices that Satan uses to try to convince me that this is hopeless. We can’t win this battle.
Then I look at all the celebrity influences out there, beautiful young woman with beautiful voices like Beyonce, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, etc and these young celebrities that use to have their own kid shows or started out on shows like “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Barney” like Britney Spears, Jaime Spears, Christina Aguilera, Selena Gomez, Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes and the saddest case of them all Miley Cyrus. I look at their lives and the women they have become and I think, am I really overreacting? The devil has got a big grip on what entertain us and has convince us that this is okay, but it is not okay.
I know there is more work to do, when it comes to filtering what we watch and what our children watch. It is hard. Life without t.v is hard sometimes. Sometimes I really miss it but I have no doubt we did the right thing, but truly, sometimes it is very hard.
I love family movie nights but struggle finding good Godly content that the whole family could enjoy.
I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me. Psalm 101:3
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
Finally, brothers, 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. Philippians 4:8
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