Binge Watching

Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

About 2 years ago, we decided to get rid of cable and satellite.  We signed up for Netflix and bought a flat antenna for local channels.  At first, I hated it.  Series on Netflix were a year behind, from the 1980’s or not interesting.  Then I heard about Hulu.  Hulu was great because I could watch current tv series one day after there original showing.

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Then I discovered that both Hulu and Netflix posted new shows with series spanning up to 9 seasons, some of those had up to 12 episodes. When I found a new series, I watched it every day.  I watched one episode after another.  Each time I turned on the tv I could not wait to find the series and watch the next episode.  I had suddenly become a Hulu/Netflix BINGER!

The definition of binge from Merriam-Webster is: an unrestrained and often excessive indulgence and an act of excessive or compulsive consumption (as of food).  Yes, I was definitely a binger.  I was hooked.

Maybe some of you reading this can relate, while others are saying “Bless Her Heart”, the ole southern kind way of saying, “she ain’t right”.  But as I speak the truth about my own life, I want to ask you to think about your relationship with God and His word. What if we binged read the bible?  What if we binged going to church?  What if we binged prayed, binged evangelized, binged judged ourselves,? You see where I am going?

I think many of us fill our time with something.  Work, drugs, alcohol, affairs, sleeping, eating, pornography and the list goes on.  But these things are just fillers.  They are not satisfying.  With all the binge watching on Hulu and Netflix, I found after awhile I had watched everything worth watching.  I craved a new series, day after day, but they were not there.  Each day I would go back to the two apps hoping something new would be out, feeling let down when there wasn’t.

I have been a Christian and in church for the majority of my life.  I read the bible every day and love to delve into the word of God, to read and study it.  But if I am honest I do not BINGE read it.  What if I did though?  Would I be different?  Would I be more able to defend my faith?  Would I love The Lord more?  Could I begin to have the mind of Christ?  Might I live a better life, have more faith, wait more patiently?  As you can see, I have not reached perfection in my own Christian life, so please do not think I am calling you out.

I know that I love God.  I often say I love Him with all my heart, all so soul and all my mind.  After digging down deep and thinking about it a little bit more, I now feel guilty saying that. I want to fill my time with the things of God. That doesn’t mean that I will not binge on a new series every now and then.  What it means is that I will add more God into my downtime schedule.

I want to leave you with this.  At the end of each series, I felt let down, almost hopeless.  What would I do now?  When I spend time with God and my time ends, I have the exact opposite feelings.  I don’t know what you BINGE but I am sure you have those some feelings I had at the end of my BINGE. Try God.  Just give him a try.  Sometimes when I started a new series, the first 1-3 episodes were not that great.  Once I pushed through, the show became better and before you know it I was hooked.  I didn’t try episode one and quit.  Try God.  Don’t try just once.  I promise, if you give Him a chance, you will not be left wanting. God NEVER breaks a promise.

Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

The “NEW” Barbie

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1 John 2:15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

I recently watched a new Hulu documentary called “Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie.” Here is a quick overview of the movie:  Over the years Mattel had seen a decline in Barbie sales. The design team discuss how the slim and trim Barbie of yesterday was no longer relevant and was in need of a body make-over. In most of the video the team struggles as they design the new plumper, shorter, taller and blacker barbies that will launch in January of 2016.  They believe this change will be the answer to increasing Barbies sales.

I immediately thought about today’s focus scripture and the following scriptures as well.

John 15:19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.

1 John 2:15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

And lastly, Genesis1:31 And God saw that everything that He had made, and behold it was very good. 

I grew up playing with Barbies and so did my daughter.  Barbie did not make me or my daughter feel bad about ourselves.  As a matter of fact we are both very confident women.  To me, Barbie was a doll and nothing more.  Barbie was the next step up for a little girl when she was too old to play with baby dolls, so it was sign of growing up.

As I listened to the documentary I could not believe how people thought a small doll like Barbie was causing so much identity trauma in our young girls.  Just this weekend, my grand daughter was telling me and her grandfather about a girl in her 4th grade class who had changed her name to a boys name, wore boy clothes and was taking hormone shots to become a boy.  Earlier in the day, I had watched two tv shows, both which had men kissing men and women kissing women.  BUT Barbie is causing issues right??!!

The Scriptures says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). Our children need to realize that God created billions of individuals yet gave each one his or her own look, strengths, personality and potential. We can live in confidence that God doesn’t make junk and that every one of us is a unique masterpiece of His creative genius.  Not everyone is going to believe this way.  As Christians we do.  It is our responsibility to insure we teach our christian children to believe this as well.  I have always heard a quote, “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.”

My personal opinion, is that our young people do have a lot of identity trauma they are dealing with it, however, it is not coming from a small doll called Barbie.  It is coming from a world and people who were once perfect and now are not.  If we want our little children to be all that God created them to be, we must tell them over and over again about God and His plan for them.  Read Deuteronomy 11:18-19.  We have to be in the world to provide hope and encouragement but not of the world.  We are just ambassadors here for a short while.