Thursday, October 9, 2008

Extra! Extra!

At the crack of 9:50 (exactly 15 minutes after I pulled myself out of bed......that's right) there was a knock on the door. Under normal circumstances that early in the morning, I would have shuddered in fear, hiding my bra-less body in a dark corner, holding the mouth of my yearning-to-bark dog, waiting for the intruder to resign himself to the fact that no one was home.

But not today.

Today was the day that my husband had set up an appointment with the Cable Guy.

Did I just type that?

We have not had cable in our home for several years now. I love the fact that with just the standard channels, there are actually times when nothing is on. Yes, times when the best option is to turn the tv off and read a book or play a game with the family. I love those times. I had no desire to return to the plethora of options that keep you glued to the tv, usually tracking several "must-see" events at once.

Unfortunately, "Deal" is my husband's middle name. He simply couldn't ignore the fact that if we signed up for cable, we would lower our current high-speed internet and phone line costs, therefore paying $20 less per month for all three services than we were currently paying for just the other two.

No brainer? I don't know. We'll see.

Here's the interesting discovery I made tonight. We are all still programmed to tuning in to our old standbys. The tried and true channels that we've grown accustomed to over the years. The evening was spent enjoying shows on the channels we've always had, even though there was a treasure trove waiting for us with a touch of the remote. In fact, Ben was disappointed when he glanced at the clock and noticed that he'd missed the sports segment on the local newscast. Then he brightened and said, "Wait! I can watch Sportscenter tonight!" What a concept.

It reminds me of the untapped potential that we so often deprive ourselves of. We tarry through this world on our own power, laboring endlessly trying just to survive, when, in fact, we have the unlimited resources of an Almighty God at our disposal. It's so natural for us to rely on our own strength rather than tap into the magnificent resources of a Father that loves us so much more than we could ever know.

It's time to turn the channel.


"My grace is enough; it's all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness." -God

9 comments:

Rachel said...

Wow, the cable guy showed up early and the cable company gives you $20 back just for having it. Sounds like the start to a good day!

Stefanie said...

What a great connection for us here - you are right...amazing that we are given the power to move mountains, but resign ourselves to so much less.

You've inspired me to turn on a new channel today.

Lindsay said...

Beautiful reminder of what is indeed most important. I'm so thankful for His strength... especially in my weakness!

Blessings Sharon -

Joshua & Valerie said...

Great thought, there!

(I never had cable until we got married. Our first apartment had cable included in the rent. I was introduced to MTV and Spongebob. I don't miss MTV...but I do have to admit- I miss Spongebob!!)

Angela said...

Yeah Sharon you are back!!!

What a great post!!!

priscilla tilgner said...

cool.cool. great reminder. love knowing I have the unlmitedresources of the almighty God at my disposal. Yes that is awesome.

momaof4 said...

Just wait soon you'll be watching the early sports center, then catching the local sports. And that's after watching the games live.

:)
Hugs

Nelleflower said...

Great point, Sharon. We have had that on & off again relationship but not with the cable company, but the dish company.....I love & hate it all at once. For the first 9 years of our 10 year marriage, we had nothing but the channels the antanae would pick up........it was awesome! Your comparison to our relationship with Christ was spot-on......thanks for sharing....I needed that today.......Jynelle

Nelleflower said...

Great point, Sharon. We have had that on & off again relationship but not with the cable company, but the dish company.....I love & hate it all at once. For the first 9 years of our 10 year marriage, we had nothing but the channels the antanae would pick up........it was awesome! Your comparison to our relationship with Christ was spot-on......thanks for sharing....I needed that today.......Jynelle