Devotional: Wooton’s Broken Pencil Show
October 21st, 2010
By Ashley Padgett
“That’s an hour and a half of my life I will never get back.” My sister Emmy has often made this remark after watching a movie that she found especially pointless. In most cases, she’s joking, but it does get me thinking. How many hours do I spend with my attention held captive by a video game, a TV show, or a movie? And how often do I actually learn any lesson from it? How often is there a point in my entertainment? Second Corinthians 10:5 tells us to “take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.” So how can we do that when the Thug Clotgrippers of the world are trying to make everything point free?
What if we could make some of that pointless entertainment actually have a point? Why is it that I’ve heard my sister say that line so may times? It’s because I’m usually sitting right next to her as she’s watching these pointless movies! Because we’re spending time together, we’ve taken what could be a complete waste of time and turned it into sister time together! Though the movies may not have a point, our time together has been meaningful to me. We’ve found a point within the pointlessness.
Besides Adventures in Odyssey (which is your favorite entertainment, right?!), what is some of your favorite TV shows and movies? Do they have a point? What are some good alternatives to mindless entertainment? What are some points you can take from pointless entertainment? Post some of your ideas here!