In Spurgeon's day and to his mind, the three great evils rotting the heart out of 19th Century England were card playing, dancing, and theatre going. Not that he thought there was anything inherently evil in these things in themselves, of course. His concern lay ahead of these "harmless" distractions in what they very often produced in the soul: a loose view of money, an overly familiar touch with the opposite sex, and an expectation of life governed by the quest for the next entertaining novelty. I was reminded of this observation today as I began re-reading Covey's famous 7 habits:
5 Questions to ponder as we make our way through the rest of today:
- What are reasonable limits to place on my children's appetite for entertainment?
- How can I encourage my children to live life with the end in mind: Soli Deo Gloria?
- How can I encourage them to develop habits of productivity?
- How can I teach my children to imbibe the Protestant Work Ethic?
- How can I encourage in my children a love of adventure?