Confessions of a Soap Opera Addict

With only One Life to Live, I didn't want to spend mine in front of the TV.

My name is Lynette, and I was a soap opera addict.

I knew what most Christians think about watching soap operas, so I became a closet viewer. I truly believed that as a Christian I could watch them objectively without being impacted. Besides, didn't they demonstrate that sin and disobedience never paid? And who ever saw a soap opera character who was truly happy with his or her life?

My mother watched the soaps while I was growing up, so I felt as though I knew the characters personally. After all, I'd been through their miscarriages, affairs, divorces (divorces and more divorces!), even amnesia.

It wasn't until I married my husband, Philip, that I discovered I was addicted. He knew I was hooked even before I did, so he challenged me to stop watching them. At first I thought, No problem.Then noon rolled around and my hands started sweating in anticipation of turning on my television set. I realized abstinence was not going to be easy!

I couldn't seem to kick the habit. I even tried to hide it from my husband, but he knew me pretty well. Philip tried several different tactics to free me. His most creative approach? Disconnecting the TV antenna (this was a while ago, keep in mind) so that when I turned on the set, all I saw was static. Being as mechanically minded as I am, it only took me several days to figure out his trick!

But Philip's best approach—the one that eventually actually worked—was encouraging me to have a better daily devotion time. It didn't take long for Scripture to start convincing me, indirectly at first, that I needed a change. The first verse that spoke to me was 1 Corinthians 15:33: "Do not be misled: 'Bad company corrupts good character.'" Every afternoon I was being entertained by the soap characters' bad company!

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