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A News Couch Potato?

This was a weekend of endings, or near endings. It appears that BP will just about end the gusher in the Gulf by placing a new, 75-ton cap on the persistent well. Spain won the World Cup, 1-0, over The Netherlands. The barefoot burglar came to his end in the Bahamas. The great spy swap brought an end to a sticky situation with the Russians. The end of the first half of the major league baseball season saw the locals 11 games under .500. Did I miss anything?

Kind of makes me wonder what the media will do now that all these big stories seem to be winding down (or, in the case of baseball, taking a breather). There's always lots more going on, mostly little stories about decent people living normal lives and doing good work; but the big stories command the audiences and, thus, the ratings, which are the key to advertizing dollars.

I tend to be a news junkie, if I'm not careful. It takes a lot of time to watch all the news programs now available. Mostly they report the same things, over and over, adding a little debate or panel to break the monotony. If I've seen one program, I've usually seen them all. Surely I have better things to do with my time?

Time is our most precious gift, as Edwards noted. We should use it as good stewards, investing the time of our lives in the progress of God's Kingdom, whether within, in our hearts and minds and consciences, or without, through any of a wide range of good works we might do, if we weren't watching the news.

Being up on the news is important. Being a news couch potato is not a Kingdom vocation. I'm admonishing myself here. But if the admonition gets under your skin, well, I won't mind.

T. M. Moore



T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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