I admit it, I do occasionally watch reality television. There are only a couple of shows that I will like but I find them interesting and amusing.
The best part about watching certain TV shows is when my friends are watching at the same time. Due to the wonder of technology I don’t even have to be in the same room as them to find out what they think. We will text back and forth feverishly making comments and observations.
My husband just shakes his head at me. He tells me that I spend more time looking at my phone screen than I do the television screen! And he’s probably right.
While this doesn’t say much for the television show I am watching at the time, I think I’m happy where my priorities are lying. I’d much prefer to engage with my friends – albeit over technology – than sit numb in front of the TV. Now that I think about it, I rarely watch TV on my own any more. It’s either with my husband or communicating with my friends.
I’m not adverse to watching TV but clearly human interaction is more important and valuable in my life. It’s easy to just switch off from the world and absorb myself in a screen but chatting to friends and family certainly brings me back to the real world.
We never hear about the ways that Jesus chilled out when he was on earth. We don’t know if he had any hobbies. But we do know that He engaged with people.
Whether He was at a party or out teaching thousands of people, He was very aware of the people around Him.
While it’s good for us to have chill out time on our own, let’s make a concerted effort to be truly present with the people we are around.
Lord, what an incredible example You showed us of how to build relationships with others. And You continue to connect with us today. Thank you for reminding us how important our relationships are with others. Amen.
How can you better engage with those you are in a relationship with?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.