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My Lent Experience – Week 2

Its official, I survived my first week without television – and I can’t say I miss it.

I’d like to share one of the unexpected revelations that has come through this process. I realized my television watching was a selfish ambition. Tt was my reward after a hard day or week of work, an escape from my own thoughts, an excuse to mentally check out of my life.

What happened once I stopped trying to escape my own thoughts? I began to think of others more. I didn’t anticipate this happening, but it makes perfect sense doesn’t it? If you think  less about your own needs you’ll naturally begin to think of the needs of others.

Philippians 2:3 says it this way, Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”

Can television watching be viewed as an ambition? Ask yourself this:

How big is your tv?

Do you have theatre surround sound?

Are you saving up for a larger television right now?

This week I took the time to get in contact with two friends who I know are going through a very difficult time, within 4 days I ran into both of them and we made plans to get together. I hope that I can be an encouragement to them and walk beside them as they trust God to help them in their time of need. I also ran into one of my college roommates that I had fallen out of touch with, we’re making plans to get together for dinner this month and reconnect.

What are your selfish ambitions? What would happen if you gave some of them up? What could God use you for if you were more concerned with the needs others and less about yours?

I dare you to try it and find out.

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