When we first took out the 4th bedroom in our home to create
an open loft space, we had a couch in the room facing our TV.
We came up with this built in seating idea utilizing an XL twin mattress and the cushions from the other couch. The guys built the sides to function as both end tables and bench seating too...then they made a matching coffee table large enough for blocks, trains, doll house, schoolwork, artwork, family games, etc.
A little stain...
An extra bench.
And our new devotion spot was born.
We gather here for our nighttime worship and have started a new tradition of family game night with popcorn every now and then to replace our old family movie nights with popcorn and it's been such a sweet and welcomed change! It's interesting how we haven't missed the TV at all. As we have asked the Lord to rearrange our desires, He has faithfully led us to appreciate our time well spent socializing, praying, and playing as a family, worshipping Him together in our loft. It's funny how something that seemed so radical before (removing the TV from the home) feels completely natural now. I'm thankful.
We do still have a little TV monitor up in the closet for those special DVDs or online resources we like to watch from time to time via the laptop, the ones we benefit from watching because they point us to the Word, the Lord, and His creation. Yet, it's nice to have it all less accessible than before and to use the medium of technology with thoughtful intentionality.
Our basic rule of thumb is: If it glorifies God, it makes the cut. If it doesn't distinctly glorify God, we don't watch it, read it, participate in it, etc. It's amazing how much falls by the wayside when this simple biblical principle is applied.
"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
1 Corinthians 10:31
Lord, by your grace, please continually open the eyes of our hearts to the blind spots we encounter every day so that ALL that we engage in lines up unmistakably with Scripture and is clearly pleasing to you! Lord, please help us to see as you see and be willing to make changes when you prompt us in your time and in your way. We want to be obedient to you in all things.
I'm thankful for lessons learned and for our special gathering loft.