I Want More
I love Made in Chelsea. I love Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and a good bit of country music (sorry, I’m very mainstream!). I’ve grown up with the philosophy that chick flicks are good for the soul, whilst also having a dad who dragged me along to watch the Lord of the Rings films, because that is what happens when your dad has a daughter for an only child.
But is there a line?
Growing up I tended to scoff at my friends whose Christian parents censored their children’s entertainment. There were some who forbid Harry Potter and Twilight in their households, whilst others took film ratings very seriously. I grew up in a house that was more chilled. Sure, some things were banned, but on the whole it was normally for a severe reason and, even so young, I could understand the rationality behind their prohibition. With a good dose of maturity and humility, I now understand why other parents were more strict, although I still refuse to give up my childhood love of Harry Potter!
It has only been as I have gotten older that the Holy Spirit has brought this topic to my attention again. I began to feel saturated by images, music and thoughts that hadn’t previously been part of my walk with God. I found myself being drawn to things that weren’t of God and justifying things that previously I would have rejected wholeheartedly. I realised that these things were becoming an escape for me. I could put on a chick flick and imagine a world where having a man who loves me would fix all of my issues. I could watch Made in Chelsea and begin to justify spending all of my savings on a handbag. I could still feel God’s nudges, still feel his hand beckoning for me to join him, and yet I didn’t want to leave. Not when the world looked so pretty and neat from this side of things.
Yet God was calling me, and you, to walk in his blessings:
Oh, the joys of those who do not Follow the advice of the wicked, Or stand around with sinners, Or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2)
But to meditate on God all day and night? I found myself thinking that a Mulberry handbag sounded much more satisfying and less tiring. But the truth is, a lot of it has to do with what we fill our minds with. If we push more of the dirt in, there is less space for God, and therefore it takes more energy to gaze upon him.
David spoke about this in his psalms, and finally resolved to remove himself from the temptation:
I will not look with approval On anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it. (Psalm 101:3)
Let’s be honest. If you watch an advert for Waitrose or Marks and Spencer food, you begin to internally drool, right? Why is it any different for anything else? If you surround yourself with outlets that encourage casual sex outside of marriage, friends-with-benefits becomes a normal concept. If you surround yourself with magazines that are full of weight-loss tips, you could find yourself placing a huge amount of emphasis on the numbers on the scale and the size of shirt you wear.
Don’t settle for less, girls.
Every human was made to worship, that means that those who don’t know Jesus will be worshipping something else; be it sex, food, money, success… the list is endless. But we know the truth, about how only God can satisfy the deep hunger in us that begs for more. Oh, how he will give you more if you make room for him.
The point of this is not to lay down rules or condemn anyone for watching anything. It’s just about wisdom. If you find yourself struggling with ungodly desires or thoughts, maybe take a look at how you’re spending your time on the internet or in front of the television. On the whole, you are responsible for what you sit in front of.
Don’t fill your mind with things that will one day be dust.
Why would you, when the God of the heavens and earth has a bounty of good things to pour into your hearts and minds instead?