I love watching comedy movies at home! Did I say I love watching comedy movies at home?! I can laugh as loud as I want to & rewind all the good parts so I can laugh all over again. There’s usually really good bonus features on the home video release so watching it at home is always the best way to go!
I’m not really into this genre of film, so I can multi-task while I watch these types of movies. There usually isn’t as much in-depth dialogue in science fiction moves, so I can definitely be distracted while I watch (or just listen) to these types of films.
I can be as sad as I want to be because I can watch these films all by myself. Watching a romantic film is best done with a glass of wine with no distractions. I can swoon or just take it all in when I’m all alone.
I get to really focus because I’m comfortable in my own home. I get to absorb every word, every line & every scene when I am on my couch & eating my favorite snacks.
This is the only type of film where I can actually learn something. If I’m watching from home, I can stop the film, rewind & take notes when need be. If I didn’t get something, I can pause until I figure it out. Or, if the documentary is intense I can always stop & pick it up another time when I’ve had some time to digest the parts I’ve already seen.
The only types of movies I prefer to watch in the movie theaters are horror & action films. I love the bigger screen and the sound effects that can only be found in a movie theater. I love being around other people when the superhero kicks the villains butt so we can all cheer together. With the IMAX-sized screen, everything really comes to life and makes the whole movie-going experience even better.
What is your favorite type of movie to watch at home?
But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God). —Galatians 5:16
Willpower sure sounds like a great thing. We are led to believe that we have enough of it to fight off every temptation that comes our way. And sometimes it works. But let me tell you a little secret about willpower. Willpower is your best friend when things go well, but it’s the first friend to check out when you get weary. I have found that if I really don’t want to do something, my mind gives me plenty of reasons why I don’t have to. My emotions even join in, saying, “I agree because I don’t feel like doing it anyway.”
Our soul (mind, will, emotions) would love to run our lives, but the Bible says we are to be led by God’s Spirit. We are never instructed to be willpower-led, we are told to be Spirit-led. Willpower and discipline are important and vitally necessary to a successful life, but willpower alone won’t be enough. Determination gets you started and keeps you going for awhile, but it is never enough to bring you across the finish line. Zechariah 4:6 (NKJV) says, “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts.
What happens if, instead of turning first to willpower in your time of need, you turn to God instead? God releases His power into your willpower and energizes it to bring you across the finish line. Willpower does not get the credit for our success, God does. Jesus said in John 15:5, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. This is one of the most important and most difficult lessons we must learn if we want to enjoy the life Jesus died to give us.
Every time a new year begins, people tend to reflect on what didn’t happen in the year that just ended. As I reflect on 2017 I realize that while it was a pretty good year for me, there was a lot that I just didn’t get to. There were some great things that happened but there are some accomplishments that I left on the table last year.
One thing I can say that I would like to leave in 2017 are bad habits. This encompasses a lot including eating out too much (this put a hurtin’ on my wallet!), financial stress, and feeling bad about things beyond my control. I won’t go into each of these topics individually, but I do feel that I could’ve had a better year had I not allowed these habits to drag on so I’ve decided not to carry into the new year.
It’s easy to look back & feel sorry for yourself because of what happened or what didn’t happen during any given timeframe. I’ve been there, done that many times and it hasn’t gotten me anywhere. I realize that there’s no point. Even biblically speaking, once God forgives you He forgets (of course God doesn’t literally forget anything, but He doesn’t hold it against you anymore) Micah 7:18. So that begs the question – what are you holding on to in 2018 that you should leave in 2017?
Now that a new year has begun, I can work on areas of improvement and look forward to having a fresh outlook in the new year without the guilt of not doing everything I wanted last year.
What are some of the things that you wish you had done last year?