Late January, our family realized we had gotten into some bad habits. We were quoting movie lines constantly, and scripture almost never. We realized that in the evenings we had exchanged conversation and books for movies and TV shows. It was easy to justify it, we were working hard, we were tired, and we were watching clean movies, sometimes even Christian ones. We also realized that our speech had become sarcastic, harsh, and often mean under the guise of being playful (you think those movies had something to do with it?). So we decided to do something about it.
After some talk, we decided to take the month of February off of all movies. Some of my siblings took it a step further, my sister Rose took a month off of all secular music. Some of my siblings chose not to play computer games during the month either. On the third of March (because we had been busy on the first two days). We sat down to watch our first movie in a while but before, we had a discussion about what we had learned.
While I was awed and pleased by what my siblings had learned, I was even more shocked when I really took stock of what I had learned. Like the fact that I had missed spending quiet evenings reading, and that being without TV had made me crave non-fiction more than fiction. I also realized how much time I had been wasting.
I know this will shock you (not) but I also realized that much of my unkind, sarcastic, and otherwise ungodly speech was being fed by what I was watching. I had become more worried about being witty and clever in my speech then being kind and wholesome.
Yes, we decided to keep the TV, however it hasn’t been on much this month. However, we all came out changed from our experiment. We now have a way to kindly chastise each other when we quote a movie line, and it is working to make us think more about what we say. Most evenings can find us on our family couch reading, the TV shut from view. I know that I still have a long way to go, but I am learning.
Have you ever gone a month without watching movies?