For everyone who has been fretting that television-watching conditions in the average American home have been just too oppressive, there is good news. Now there is a bed that transforms into a theater. Literally. The “Inyx” features a retractable canopy that includes walls, a screen, and surround-sound speakers. A projector built into the headboard produces a high-definition image. No more trying to decide between watching Netflix on your tablet and getting up to walk to the big screen TV in the living room. Now you can have it all.
When we get to the point that our idle, mindless, motionless recreation is too taxing, maybe it’s time to reevaluate things.
When did we develop the notion that the purpose of life was to do as little work as possible? And if the “work” involves getting dirty or sweaty, or waking up too early, or thinking too hard, we just go on welfare. Our recreation mostly consists of television and the internet — or, if we are adventuresome, perhaps going to a stadium to watch other people work. Then we fuss about how much they get paid to provide the entertainment we can’t live without. That’s a special kind of myopic right there.
I’m all for rest in its place. But life is for work — especially work in God’s service (John 9:4). If we make our downtime too pleasant, we may wind up like the sluggard in Proverbs 24:30-34 and forget the purpose for rest.