Over the last fifteen years or so we’ve had cable television on and off depending on where we were living at the time. This week we had it disconnected. What a liberating feeling and it’s been a little more peaceful around here lately. As peaceful as things can be with seven children between the ages of eleven and sixteen months.
Carolyn and I have been discussing lately several issues with the cable.
Cable television is expensive. We’re saving $432 a year now without the cable. Sure we could have had the basic package for about half that but that would mean no Fox News. Heaven forbid. But then, wait a minute, we realized there’s FoxNews.com the web site and hey, we can log on and check out any breaking news if we need to. OK, so I guess we can live without the cable. And I can get by without the NBA finals and the Final Four and Nascar. Oh no, did we really cut the cable dear?
There’s the issue of family harmony. Have you ever tried keeping a room full of children quiet and sitting in their places while you’re trying to watch the race – I mean the news? We’ve realized lately that our having the television on all the time really contributed to family disharmony. With the TV off for the past few days we’ve noticed the kids aren’t as disruptive. (As I write this our 16 month old is screaming at the top of his lungs because someone has his toy. OK, there are still disruptive children at this residence.) What I mean is that I’m not as edgy lately because I’m not transfixed on seeing what’s on television and I’m more in tune with what’s going on here. Things always seemed to escalate. I couldn’t hear the TV so I’d turn it up. Then the kids would get noisier.
Yesterday my wife said, “Since we’ve gotten rid of the cable you’ve been talking more.” I said, “is that a good thing?” Seriously though we’ve noticed a break down in communication when we have the television on for long periods of time. Now we’ll rent a video when we want to watch something for entertainment and the rest of the time we’ll be able to communicate.
Another issue we’ve discussed is the immoral side of television. With over 60 channels to chose from we were always able to find something decent to watch but you can never seem to escape the commercials. Here we are watching Golmer Pyle and BAM! out of the blue comes a commercial that would make a politician blush. When we realized we couldn’t control what the tender eyes of our children were seeing when we left the room for a moment we opted to ditch the cable for better opportunities to influence our children for righteousness.
Now we’ll have more time for reading and encouraging the children to become readers and for reading the Bible to the children. We’ll be able listen to some of our favorite radio programs like Focus on the Family and Chuck Swindoll and Alistair Begg. Now we’ll have more time to play games, play with the children outdoors (I need to work on my basketball game anyway) and go places and just be a family.
I can’t help but be reminded of Jesus words in Luke 11:34-36.
34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness.
35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.
36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.” (NIV)
Yes it’s a bit more quiet around here. Isn’t it nice?