16 February 2012


Lately when Kelly has an evening meeting I've been trying to make a habit of turning off the TV and soaking up the quiet but last night I kept the TV on.  Now, it's no news that the comedy selections available do not rate too high on the moral compass and last night was no different.  But it was pretty funny, so...I watched it anyway.  And I laughed.  A lot.

I happen to be the mother of a boy with an unusual quality in that he tries very hard to avoid exposing himself to anything inappropriate.  I've always stressed that he should be very careful what he puts into his mind because once it's there he can never get it out and my cautious son has taken it to heart in a very literal way.  I am so thankful for that, even when he turns it around and shines a light into my own heart. 

Since Isaac is not a great sleeper and it frequently takes him a looong time to fall asleep, last night he caught me.  He's seen the previews and heard me comment that he should NEVER watch that show.  He informed me in no uncertain terms that watching this particular show was inappropriate for me as well and he doesn't want to catch me doing it again. 

It struck me as funny, this child of mine scolding me, taking the role of parent.  But he was right.  There are some things that may be okay for me as an adult that he may not be ready for but if I'm honest with myself, there are many things that aren't good for any of us regardless of age.  Just because it's funny and I needed a good laugh does not justify it.  I thanked him for reminding me of that. 

Ephesians 5:4 has this to say on the matter -
Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes--
these are not for you.
Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.

I guess it doesn't get any clearer than that!

1 comment:

Kelli- AdventurezInChild'Rearing said...

we've actually gotten rid of the dish- we have netflix and that is all -I care about what goes into their minds too - glad to "meet" another mom who does as well. fairly rare these days- sadly! :)