Entertainment doesn’t have to be expensive
Last summer’s box office pulled in a record $4.16 billion.
Hollywood power brokers are hoping for similar numbers this summer by offering
sequels (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), superheroes (Iron
Man) and animation (WALL•E). According to Publishers Weekly, book sales brought
in nearly $40 billion last year. Analysts predict video game software sales
this year will be in the neighborhood of $10 billion. In April, it was widely
reported that Apple surpassed Wal-Mart to become America’s No. 1 music store.
The amount of money spent on entertainment in this country
is mind-boggling. Entertainment-hungry consumers bent on trading their
hard-earned cash to satisfy that hunger is nothing new. But with gasoline
topping $4 a gallon in some places and food prices soaring, people’s
discretionary incomes are shrinking precipitously.
Maybe that’s a good thing.
Instead of escaping to the offerings of Cineplexes,
televisions or iPods, families might be better off enjoying the simple things
in life: baseball practices, swimming at a local pool, basketball games on the
driveway at sunset, bike rides through the neighborhood and trips to the
Besides the obvious benefits — quality time together
as a family, good exercise and being outdoors — the aforementioned
entertainment is a lot easier on the budget.
And maybe that’s exactly the way God intended it.
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