Broadcasting Our Devotion

When I was in college many years ago, in the days before video streaming and on-demand television, my roommate in the dorm religiously watched his favorite television shows each week. He was so devoted to his television that he structured his weekly schedule around the weekly broadcast schedule of each episode.

His behavior might seem a bit strange in our digital era, but things were different back then in the world of broadcast TV. At that time, if you missed the show that week, you may have to wait months to see it when the network aired it again. If you didn’t catch a rerun of your favorite show, you would be at the mercy of the network to show it again sometime.

So my roommate planned accordingly by scheduling classes around the weekly broadcast schedule. One night when I asked him if he wanted to join me for dinner in the cafeteria, he told me no because the “Rockford Files” was on in a few minutes. I began to learn his weekly routine and when I was likely to find him in our dorm room in a trance, staring at the TV screen.

When I think about his devotion to those old shows, it makes me consider what I give priority to and how it shapes my day. At times I wonder if I have the same regimen for my devotion to God. Does my life revolve around Jesus and the Word of God, or do I give other things priority over God? My roommate demonstrated to me his devotion to his television by how he planned his life. May others see our devotion to God in how we plan our life.

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” – Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)

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9 thoughts on “Broadcasting Our Devotion

  1. Amen. I struggle with my schedule at times. Though I absolutely love my life, I know I don’t always use my time the best way I should. Thanks for this reminder!

    1. Picking the right priorities continues to challenge me. I think I have the right priorities in place, then God interrupts my neatly planned day with his priority. I praise God that he patiently continues to teach me. Thanks for the comment. Blessings.

  2. Such a great article, and I so enjoy reading your prayers. This article reminds me of so many people, I never found my self drawn into the television series where people change their routine of life around television programming. I have always been an outdoors girl, and sitting on my porch watching the wild life and enjoying all of Gods creatures in front of me is my television. I have gotten lost over the years, getting side track with life and not always putting God first. He seems to remind me of it when it happens though. And brings me back to my senses. Thank you for your words and thoughts, I look forward to reading more of your post.

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