Our kids had been telling us for a couple of years we needed to get Netflix. Finally, when we got our new smart tv after Christmas, Tom and I took the plunge.
And then it happened. During a lucid moment between painkillers after knee surgery, I stumbled onto Drop Dead Diva. At last, a main character that looks kinda like me. You know, not blonde and svelte? It only took a couple of episodes for me to get hooked.
Don't worry, Dear Reader, I've come to my senses, and been reminded of an important lesson. (Of course, finishing the series may have expedited my return to sanity.)
I can hear some of you saying, "For me, all things are permitted." But face the facts: all things are not beneficial. So you say, "For me, all things are permitted." Here's my response: I will not allow anything to control me.
1 Corinthians 6:12 VOICE
Dear Reader, I'm not going to beat myself up for indulging in binge-watching this summer. It helped ease the boredom of my recovery. And I haven't stopped watching Netflix. I have looked at how I spend my time with a little more circumspection. Once again, God's Word has provided guidance and parameters.
27 Then Jesus said to the Pharisees, “The Sabbath day was made to help people. People were not made to be ruled by the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord of every day, even the Sabbath.”
Mark 2:27-28 ERV
22 But the fruit that the Spirit produces in a person’s life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these kinds of things.
Galatians 5:22-24 ERV
What I can do, is remember our Lord is sovereign over everything. I can be comforted and encouraged to know self-control lies within me. What encourages you, Dear Reader, to maintain your self-control?