My TV Life
Have you ever thought about this:
If your life were a television show, what would be the genre?
- A sitcom
- Drama—I see you, ladies… I kid.
- You get the idea.
Mine would lean more towards Sitcom, mostly because I try not to take things too seriously, and I can find the humor in most situations, to a fault admittedly.
Most of us like TV for the escape it provides. We like to spend an hour or so in a world that doesn’t exist, because a fictional land, no matter how terrifying, is safer than reality.
We love it when the writers place the hero in impossibly difficult scenarios and force him or her to dig a way out. We laugh at ironic moments that would never be funny in our own lives, and follow characters into darkness we would otherwise never have the nerve to face.
It’s all about getting lost in the narrative. For me, growing up it was Power Rangers and Saved By The Bell.
If I had it my way, I would have taken over as the White Ranger, swooped into Bayside High, and swept Kelly Kapowski off her feet. Zach Morris would have probably challenged me to a talk-into-the-camera-off, which I would have obviously won. Not willing to watch “Preppy” take such a beating, A.C. Slater would have then lunged at me, forcing me to put his curly-mulleted skull into an unshakable headlock. Mr. Belding would shout “That’s enough, you knuckle-heads.” We would all laugh. I’d buy Kelly a milkshake, ask her to go steady and take her to the dance, all this within the confines one half hour.
Maybe I spent too much time thinking about that.
The point is, no matter what happened on my favorite shows, it was all wrapped in a neat bow before the credits rolled. We love this about television. Unfortunately, real life never works out that way.
Things get messy and sometimes never go back to normal. Friends part ways and never reconnect. We don’t always see a clear plot structure, and there are no set genres. Comedies become dramas that become mysteries, and so on.
And there are no episodes, only seasons with unknown finale dates. This is life.
The Bible contains a poem about the seasons we encounter. (Read it here.) The writer explains there is a season for everything, a time for birth, death, laughter, and tears. The rub, the part we don’t like is that we never know how long each season will last.
God is the divine writer and He holds the script close to his chest, no spoilers.
But isn’t that what a captivating story is all about? I don’t know about you, but I hate spoilers. I avoid the internet on big movie release days. The excitement is not knowing what’s around the corner. Stories without conflict are boring.
The Lord directs our steps,
so why try to understand everything along the way? (Proverbs 20:24 NLT)
Knowing that God has laid out my steps is empowering. To the believer, He promises that every event, fantastic or tragic, is being pieced together to form a good life. Christ’s suffering on the cross makes anything I endure subplot at most. I’m not the main character. He is. That guarantees a phenomenal story.
What is your favorite show on TV right now? What season of life are you in? Join in on the comments below.
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