Monday, February 25, 2008

You watch that show?!

I don't watch much reality tv. I really don't enjoy many of the programs- thank goodness the writers' strike is over and new episodes of my favorite scripted shows will soon be airing. However, one of the few "reality" shows that I do enjoy is Rob and Big. Now, before you judge- yes, it can be stupid, and pointless, and random. But I do like seeing people that know how to enjoy life. Rob and Big seem like guys that genuinely love what they do. But, many of us would argue that we'd love what we do if we had already made our millions and could have an incredible amount of financial freedom. Rob made his money early in life- becoming a professional skateboarder at the age of 16, and making his first million before turning 21 after he helped to create the first "skateboarding shoe" with the brand DC Shoes. Rob's wealth shows through in the different activites that he and his bodyguard/friend "Big" experience on each week's episode.

Last week's episode took on a slightly different tone. At the start of the 30 minute show, Rob and Big encounter a man giving away free ice cream from an ice cream truck. The duo then accompany the ice cream vendor as they travel around town giving ice cream away to motorists, pedestrians, and even a street performer! Well, this inspires the guys to go home and pack up all the clothes that they never wear in large plastic bags, then hand them out to people living on the street. After they give away at least twenty bags of clothes, the two commence with their usual nonsense activities as they dare one of their friends, "Big Zeus" (he's 6ft 9in tall, thus the name) to try to ride a bmx bike over a ramp. After the slapstick comedy and a few falls, Big Zeus completes the task and Rob and Big decide they still need to give more. Big has the idea of spending some time with residents at a local senior living center. Rob is hesitant, claiming he doesn't like old people because they can't relate to what he likes: skating, rap music... But the two go and enjoy some time with the residents. Both men leave in good spirits and are excited about the rewards of blessing others with their time and money.

So what can you give? If you're not yet working, you may not be able to give money to the poor. But maybe you have some clothes that you don't wear to give to a thrift store or the salvation army. And, despite what most people will say, everyone has time. You can give your time to seniors, to people younger than you, to friends in need...the opportunities are there if you just keep your eyes open. Challenge yourself to spend at least one hour a week in service to others, and I think you will soon find it is something you enjoy and can be the highlight of your week.

Verse for the week: 1 Timothy 6:17
"Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment."


James McMichael said...

I must argue with you and say this show is not reality television. The content of what they do and even say sometimes make think they have writers for this show.

Russ Bowlin said...

oh i'm sure that there are some scripted portions of the show....after a while, you run out of things to do...