I have recently became a member of Netflix, and have enjoyed watching some of the series I don’t watch anymore due to my steadfast stubbornness of not giving my money to satellite providers anymore.
Also I have found that most of my favorite childhood cartoon shows from the 80’s are available to watch, and though I enjoy a lot of the memories associated with them, (and making my children watch a real cartoon show) they have struck me in a different way as an adult, then they did as a child.
As an adult I look back at the quality of the animation, most of them started their first season in about 1983, and the animation is terrible by today’s standards. There are numerous mistakes you can catch, such as; some characters are the wrong color, sometime the exact same character is on the screen twice, one character’s lips are moving, but another voice is playing, or even sometimes two characters lips are moving at the same time with only one voice over. Not to mention one I saw the other night where two characters are inside of a jet, hanging out of the door, the door shuts, and for about 25-35 frames the characters are still hanging out of the jet, the suddenly disappear.
This is all good for some laughs while watching, but as I watch these shows I start to drift down memory lane and I start to think about when I started taking those wrong turns in life.
When we live apart from God, and are doing the things in life such as drinking, drugs, or unhealthy relationships and when we first start these behaviors we generally do it in a social setting and we find ourselves, at first, probably truly enjoying ourselves. We like the feeling of excitement, we like feeling like we are a part of a group, we like the acceptance of those around us. But as these behaviors transform into unhealthy habits, we find that we are no longer drawn in, but sucked under and most times feel as if there is no escape.
Once we realize that God and His word is the first relationship and habit we need, these other things melt away, as we regain our clarity in life, and move toward healthy relationships, and positive life choices, we can take a look back at our past and think; “Who was that person?!” “That was a dumb choice!”
Back to the old TV shows; As I search and find my old childhood favorites and relive some of them all over again, I find that there are some that don’t fit me anymore. Some have content that I feel fits the person I am now, some I feel that God wouldn’t approve of the content so I refuse to watch, and some are just so cheesy that I can’t believe I even watched it in the first place.
But I realize that though I am the same person, some things have changed, I am a different human being, I make better and wiser choices (and I still have room to improve), and I give all the credit to GOD! He is the one who has filled me with acceptance and positive feelings and has led me to healthy relationships, and it’s through His Holy Spirit that I continue to live for Him making better choices in my life whether it’s abstaining from chemical dependency or a cheesy 80’s show.