My 2 year Anniversary without cable TV

Two years ago, I came home from work and my wife said the phrase all men dread to hear, “honey, I had the cable cancelled today…”  It was late December 2006 and the College bowl season had just  begun.  What was I going to do?  How was I going to ‘relax’ and watch the mandatory games.  Not to mention all the channel surfing that occurs before bedtime!

Erica’s decision was not really a financial decision although it freed up about $35 per month.  It was more about a time and focus decision.  Truth be told I was ready for it, but I was hoping we could hold off a few weeks.  Well, that was two years ago and many missed games later.  Six months after we cancelled the cable, I sold our 42″ HDTV.  So, there you go.

So many men (and women) rely on cable to get away and check out of life for a few hours.  When work or family life push you to the limit, you can sit down in a dark room on a comfortable couch and watch a bright picture take you away.  Take you away and let it numb the pain of your not so perfect life.  Oh yeah, you just watch it for the ‘entertainment’.  True be told, we watch sports in hopes that our team will make us feel like winners.  We watch the losers on talk shows and reality shows to make us feel like our life is so much more ‘normal’ and ‘put together’.  It is a catharses.  It is almost medicinal.

The first 12 months of my choice of no cable and HDTV was brutal.  I am not going to lie or act like it was no big deal.  It was huge.  I was addicted and I tried to quit cold turkey.  As a Christian and a believer in Jesus Christ, I rely on God to provide my satisfaction.  At least that is what I thought.  After, examining my life, I have found many areas where this is not the case.  I look to a multitude of resources to provide my needs and desires.  After being stressed about life situations, I would come home and realize that my…

to be continued…


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Hello. I pastor PromiseLand Church in San Marcos, TX. I am married to Erica, and we have 3 kids: Kennady, Jude, and Avery. All little ones! Visit our church site at

Posted on December 31, 2008, in My Family. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Way to go Pastor!

    I am looking foward to reading the rest of this!

    Happy New year!!!

  2. Talk about a dangeling participle, you really left us hanging. But I understand what you are saying and agree wholeheartedly. I went on a month fast from TV last summer and other than the weather and an occasional Emeril Live, just am not interested anymore. I notice that my mind actually works again.

  3. It’s time to start reading again. I had coffee with a friend this week who was telling me about several books she is reading. I haven’t sat down to read in a while…and I love reading.

  4. You’re not alone. I started thinking about quitting TV after a sermon by Vanity at PromiseLand Central. I struggled with it for a couple of years, until about 4yrs ago when the Lord showed me very plainly that He wanted me to disconnect the cable. It was very hard. TV had roots in me that went all the way down to my toes. But with God’s help (and a very supportive wife), I was obedient.
    I’m not saying TV is totally bad, but parts of it, like the wasted hours, the carnality, and the Godlessness, I’m glad I, my wife, and my small children are avoiding.

  5. When Matt ask us to fast from something I began to look at some of the things I did that consumed too much of my time and didn’t move me closer to God. I, like many others, enjoy coming home from work and relaxing in front of the TV or just having it on in the background as I go about my activites in the house. So, I decided that I would fast from TV (I don’t have cable either), at least everything that isn’t a news program. I have many books that I can read (not to mention spending more time in the Word) that will add to my life instead of vegging out on TV entertainment. I am excitied about what God is going to do in my life as a result of this.

  6. I would like to say that I am very proud of you, Pastor & Mark! Let me say that you can raise some pretty good kids without a TV in your home—-with one, also, as long as you control it as you guys are doing. We now have one in our home and are still very cautious as to what we, as adults & children of the King, watch, how much we watch, and what others watch in our home. There is way too much in life to do without wasting time in front of the “tube”.

  7. Ok, as Rob did the other day, I have goofed in sending my response. The above response is not from Rob, but from me. 🙂 Although as you see in his above response, he agrees with me.

  8. And by the way, I see from the twitter on the right that you went to the TSO. I hope ya’ll had lots of fun!

  9. tv is overrated….i was raised with a tv on ALL OF THE TIME…i grew numb to the things that came on until Lori and Jesus helped me realize how much it can separate you from your family…as i type this msg lori and jessebeth are sitting on the couch reading books….i’m not talking about lori reading aloud—i mean JB is nose deep in a book on one end of the couch and Lori is into another book at the other end!!…they’ve been that way for a long time…that rocks…not sure what the other two are doing—maybe i should be concerned!!

    if ya’ll get a chance check out my blog, too….

  10. Yeah! for the Lowery girls!

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