A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith


Reality TV and my life

posted by Linda G. Howard

Wonderful, dreadful and insignificant, our lives are being recorded to be shown to every creature someday.  Is there a hidden camera waiting for us to stumble in order for someone to place it on UTube?  Is this a government plot to enslave all of us?

No.  This morning as my husband was watching Christian TV, I was reminded that every aspect of my life is being recorded.  Not for reality TV or UTube but where it really count, within the heavenly annals.

In the Bible, we are clearly told that on God’s Judgment Day, the books of our lives will be opened and we must stand before the Lord to answer regarding every aspect of our lives.  As a child, Saturday movie matinée at the Waylyn Theatre was a valued part of my childhood.  The $.14 entrance fee ushered me and a hundred other children into a wonder land visible on a screen so large that every aspect of my mind and brain was filled with the sights and sounds of an alternate universe.

Therefore, the recording of our lives never puzzled me because I knew God was more powerful than Hollywood.  I assumed that it was a supernatural thing that went on in those holy celestial halls.  However, now we see the lives of so many folks edited and shown in our living rooms.  It’s available every night of the week.  Reality TV has become common place.  ”The Housewives” have taken over so much of what we see.  With 90,000 channels, there are only so many times that we can watch reruns of I Love Lucy. A cheap way to fill the hours had to be devised.  As a result, reality TV was born.

As some reality stars have found, filming every moment of your life is a two-edged sword.  It can make you a millionaire and give you public recognition.  Yet,  just as quickly, destroy your life.

What about us?  Carlos, a member of Special Gathering, is a high-functioning man whose disability is within the autism spectrum.  He has held a full-time position at an electronics firm for decades.  He is well-respected because of his work ethic.  He is paid well by the firm who employs him.  Years ago, he began bringing a video camera to record my sermons.

Then he would watch my sermons again and again.  It was a bit daunting because Carlos knew when I repeated a story; and he knew the exact date that I told the antidote.  He knew if I changed the facts a bit.  I could never slip in my devotion prep because Carlos was making a visual record of even my worst devotions.  Those days when he was recording probably made me a  better teacher.

This morning, I wondered if my life skills have been honed because of the reality that God is recording my actions and reactions.  Will I one day have to look at the shameful day that I pushed my husband aside in anger and he lost his balance and fell?  Will I have to see the way I’ve treated others on the days I whine the excuse, “I just don’t feel good”?

My life story will either bring glory to the Lord or eternal shame for me.  I praise God that the Bible also says that those missteps and sins that are forgiven have been edited from The Linda Howard Reality Story.  As each of us stand before God’s judgment seat, we will receive rewards for our deeds. Nevertheless, because of the blood of Jesus our sins can be hidden from view.

What is a time that you delighted in God’s forgiveness?  Will the recording of your life bring glory to the Savior?  What about your actions and reactions to your family, spouse or friends?  What is God’s reality show recording?



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