5 Days of Saying No to TV

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By Trillia Newbell

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil,” (Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV emphasis mine).

I have a confession, I love movies. I do. It’s not really a confession as I don’t believe I’m sinning by watching some movies. It’s more of an admission. In my home I can at times turn on the TV while doing a project or right before bed. Often I’m not even watching the TV, it’s background noise. But it’s distracting and frankly a waste of time and a wasted opportunity to fill the background with other things. My five days series is just as much about redeeming time as it is about learning to say no. Today my family and I begin a TV fast. We will fill our background noise with something other than the tube. And I anticipate great things. Why? Because the days are evil, time is moving like a rushing river, and there are just better things to do (or listen to).

This post isn’t going to be elaborate, because it’s simple. No TV. But please understand one thing; I am in no way doing this to earn favor before God. Not one of the things I’ll be giving up this week will save me nor will it make me look any more beautiful to God.  I do not believe that I am more righteous because we are fasting TV. I also don’t plan to stop watching TV for the rest of our lives. It’s five days; not really something to boast about. God does not accept me because of my works of righteousness. He accepts me because of His grace (Eph 2:8).  I am already beautiful in the eyes of God because of Jesus Christ! By grace I am saved and by grace Iive. I also don’t believe this is works of righteousness that need to be done in secret (Matt 6:18). This is a fun way to challenge myself to rethink and reorganize my daily activities. I do pray that the result would be good works for His glory and believe God will bless our efforts!

I anticipate peaceful nights, more reading, more writing, and sweeter family time- not as rushed. I look forward to listening to music where I would have put on the TV. I will be writing outside while my children play rather than putting on a TV program for them so I can work. I hope to enjoy silence-ah silence.  We are to pray continually (1 Thess 5:16-18).  I imagine that my praying throughout the day will be more consistent and clear.  I will be checking out what Sidetracked Sarah suggests in her 5 Days of Summer Activities for Children! I believe God will redeem the time that would have normally been filled with TV (even if only in the background) and renew my mind as I fill that space with other things.

What you think? Is TV a staple in your home?  Do you also find it distracting? If you could give up something for five days what would it be?


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4 Comments to “5 Days of Saying No to TV”

  1. Rebecca says:

    Once you make it through the first week, it’s easy. WE very rarely turn our television on now. We do not have cable and are currently not subscribed to any tv service at all. I’m excited to read your series!

  2. admin says:

    That’s GREAT! I’m really excited. Thanks for the encouragement. -Trillia

  3. I’m excited to hear how you found 5 days without TV. 5 years ago we stopped our cable subscription and now we are cable free (but we do watch Netflix for movies!) We love that at the end of the day we are not like zombies in front of the TV (instead we’re zombies in front of the computer!) But really, we spend a lot of quality time with each other away from the TV. We only have one TV in the house and we use it only for special occasions to watch movies with the family. I think that after the first week, you won’t miss it as much as you thought you would! Looking forward to the series!

  4. admin says:

    That’s great Nicole! And so true and funny regarding the computer. I’m also going to try to limit that- I’ll be writing about it in the coming day, perhaps tomorrow. Today has been so refreshing. It was wonderful to sit around as a family without any noise. We definitely do not always have the TV running but to know we are intentionally filling the time and space with something else has been fun (Today!! HA!). Thanks for commenting. -Trillia