As I was driving along in my car this past week, I heard an interesting statistic: between now and Super Bowl Sunday (February 4) an estimated 2.5 million people will buy an HDTV just for the game. That’s up from 1.7 million who did so last year during the same time frame (link).
While I enjoy football, that statistic just cracks me up. I can almost hear the conversations as a couple drives past Best Buy … “Honey, I was thinking that we needed a new 72-inch high definition TV so that you would enjoy the Gilmore Girls that much more.”
I must admit that the new HDTV’s are a fine sight to behold …larger, clearer, more realistic. But there’s one thing they are not able to do — they can’t put you in the game. While it definitely improves your experience, it’s not the same as being there.
We are a people who hunger for a richer, fuller life and yet we often settle for buying bigger televisions. Instead of creating our own high definition experiences, we watch someone else’s from our living room. Maybe the living room should be outside the house, where life really happens.
While there’s nothing wrong with HDTV’s (and if you feel led to buy me one …), there is something wrong with a Christ follower who chooses to watch from the couch rather than follow Jesus into the game.
May this week find us partnering with God to create our high definition memories.