by Tim Hall
Where in our homes do we nourish our souls?
With the Super Bowl just days away, it’s time to set up our home entertainment center. We’ll begin with the flat screen TV and we’ll go conservative: an off-brand and a modest size (42″) will cost around $700. Of course, we’ll need to add the surround sound speaker system, and that goes for about $500 (again, we’re being conservative). High definition has to be added to our cable package, and a digital recorder will ensure that we don’t miss a single play of the game.
We don’t want to watch the game standing up, so a visit to the furniture store shows us many choices in comfortable couches and chairs. Better figure on at least $2,000 for those. With friends coming over, we also need to have plenty of food and drink on hand. By now our financial situation is factoring in.
Is this an outlandish scenario that we’ve described or is it fairly common in American homes? And what is the effect of having such settings in our homes? Is it not difficult to walk by these home entertainment centers? “Just a few minutes is all I need. I’ve worked hard today and I deserve a break.”
Don’t our souls also deserve some attention? This article is not meant to blast those who invest a few thousand dollars in entertainment centers. We should ask, however, if we also pay attention to the care and feeding of the spirits that reside in our tired bodies.
The words of the psalmist still have relevance: “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 42:10, NKJV) Often throughout scripture God’s people are urged to take time to nourish their souls. Peter’s admonition is another example: “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious” (1 Peter 2:2,3).
Sometimes the setting makes all the difference. Jesus said so: “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your father who is in the secret place; and your father who sees in secret will reward you openly” (Matthew 6:6). That room of which Jesus spoke was likely a simple place with no distractions. There a disciple could pray without interruption. He could pour out his heart to God in blessed solitude and feel God’s peace.
Entertainment can be a good thing. Edification is always good. What if we arranged for a place in our homes that would actually invite us to sit down and open God’s word for awhile? What if that place also had good books that would further fortify our spirits? Would that encourage us to spend time with our God? Would it be worth a try?
by Tim Hall