|Garbage In...Garbage Out. It's a daily chore.|
Where does it all come from? How did it get there? The short answer is the kids, amiright? But really...it's my wife and I. We do the grocery shopping...we buy all the items that come into our home, and those items leave waste that must be disposed of. Of course, we're not a "green" family, per se, but we do care about our environment and recognize our role in being good "caretakers" of what God has given us.
So, in an effort to reduce the amount of trash we generate, we look for "reduced packaging" items, reusable materials, and try to be conscious of what comes into our home. But do we make the same effort to watch what comes into our homes spiritually? As men, we are called to be the "spiritual head" of our homes. As we've discussed in previous posts, that does not mean that you rule the roost with an iron fist, beating your wife and demanding a beer. It means doing all you can to provide an environment that encourages spiritual growth and health for you spouse and children. Just as taking out the physical trash falls to us...so does taking out the spiritual trash.
|"Hey kids..do you know what time it is?"|
Now, I'm not trying to tell you what to watch. I wouldn't dream of giving you a list of programs to avoid--simply because I don't want you doing that to me! But I would suggest that as a parent, and as a father-the spiritual authority in your home, you need to be aware of what is coming into your home through your TV. Likewise, pay attention to the musical choices your children and teens make, as well as their video game selections. Be aware...pay attention...and take out the trash that is trying to come into you life!
Now that you've identified the source of the "trash", you need to find alternatives. I'll be the first to admit that most Christian TV is boring. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. But, and here's a thought, do we have to replace BAD TV with WORSE TV? Do we have to replace it with TV at all? How about spending that time outdoors? Maybe take a day hike, or play a rousing game of catch...anything that will replace the bad with good, moral, spiritual, and loving family bonds!
Okay, the "kid's room" is cleaned. Now...how about your wife's domain? What can you help her with that will "clean out the trash" in her life? Approaching it delicately, maybe you could suggest that instead of spending the evening on Facebook...you and she could have a "couple's devotional", or play a couple of hands of "trash train" after the kids go to bed...or better yet, go out on a clear, cool night, snuggle up on the patio set, sipping coffee and watch the stars, concluding the evening with a genuine time of prayer together and a passionate kiss goodnight? She'll be so surprised by your sudden and genuine interest in her, that she may "swoon" in your arms!
|"Frankly, my dear...I DO give a darn!"|
My mother, sainted woman that she is, has told me this a hundred times, "I don't care if there's a fresh T-Bone steak at the bottom of the dust bin, it's not worth digging through the trash to get it." Find alternatives to that "trash" that seems to fill up your life. Whatever entertainment, value, or macho verification you get out of that stuff...it's just not worth it. Spiritually speaking, there is nothing greater than being the true "spiritual head" of your home and see your wife and children grow and blossom into what God wants them to be.
I know. It's tedious...it's hard...it's boring. But, like a clean home is worth the effort of getting those old, moldy bread heels out to the kitchen and out to the curb. Then a spiritually clean home is worth the effort to make decisions, even hard ones, to make sure that your home is pleasing to God. I'm not talking legalism here. I'm talking a genuine desire to serve God, and raise your family to do the same. That means "manning up" and get it done. It's time to take out the trash.