When I got married in 2009, we decided to forgo cable. The budget was tight, and we didn’t watch a whole lot of TV anyway (this was our reasoning.). The problem was that I live in South Florida, and I like basketball. When Miami unexpectedly acquired LeBron James, suddenly not having cable was a great tragedy.
After a season in basketball darkness, we paid off some debts and decided to splurge on cable — and I introduced my husband to Dwayne Wade on a weekly basis until they became friends. Right now, I am sitting in my living room typing this during half time.
Now that we have more than 3 channels again, I’ve discovered that my husband and I have much different tastes in programming. I could watch House Hunters and Property Brothers all day, but he ends up leaving the room after about fifteen minutes. I have also learned that there is actual programming on the Weather Channel — my husband seems to enjoy watching footage of tornadoes ravaging entire cities.
A few weeks ago, my husband was away on Monday nights for about a month. So, I did what any girl set free from male “remote control domination” would do. I watched Dancing with the Stars — because DJ is on this season, and I couldn’t resist. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Winnie Cooper was also participating. Double the fun!
I was slightly traumatized after episode 3 because the “powers that be” decided that it would be a good idea to do a “surprise dance partner switch.” I was already used to watching DJ with Mark Ballas, and the thought of squeaky clean Candace possibly having to dance with bad boy Max made me squirm for her.
The following week, I was not able to tune in — husband was back home that night, and he is not a fan of ballroom dancing, sexy costumes, or prickly judges. But I later learned that Max ended up dancing with Winnie Cooper, and it did not go too well. The guest judge actually accused him of “phoning it in” that night.
I watched the performance (thank you You Tube), and I certainly didn’t think he had given a half-hearted effort. But, for some reason, I’ve been thinking about that judge’s snarky comment quite a bit. Maybe it’s because I look into my heart, and I wonder if I like to “phone it in” a bit too much myself.
I know what I am called to do. I am a wife. I am an employee. I am church member. I am a friend.
I’ve worn these hats for several years now. If I step into my roles with love and passion, I am pleasing to God.
I can’t “phone it in” with my husband or with my boss or with God.
If I am not careful with my heart, delight will turn into a duty,
and duty could transform into drudgery.
and drudgery might pave the road to danger.
Something to think about…
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