Friday, January 31, 2014

Addictions

I once heard someone say, that if there is something you can't go a day without, then you are addicted. 

And I truly believe that our addictions aren't necessarily bad things, but things that have casually taken such strong holds in our lives that we don't even realize that we are addicted. 

Things like social media. I mean, can we survive a whole day without knowing every thought everyone we know has? Is it possible not to pick up our phones to twitter stalk and Facebook creep everytime we are bored? Honestly, it's almost like a natural reaction for me sometimes. I'll pick up my phone to so something productive, and before you know it, twitter is up, and I can't remember why I picked up my phone in the first place. 

And maybe it's not social media. Maybe it's something like a glass of wine, or television or exercise. Things that are all good and fine in moderation. But things that can slowly begin to destroy us without us even realizing we are addicted. 

And maybe you know that as you are reading this, you are addicted to something much more destructive than anything I've mentioned. 

It's time to take action. 

I'm not saying delete your Facebook account, but for some of you that might actually be wise. 

I'm saying pick a day or two or three to prove that whatever you are addicted to doesn't have power over you. Commit to spending less time doing those things, like me picking up my phone when I'm bored. 

1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”


Just because something isn't illegal, it doesn't mean it's good for you. 

You are strong enough to overcome the subtle addictions and the ones that you are very aware hold you back. Start today! Get help if you need to. But stop being a slave to insignificant things. We weren't created to let things become a master over us. 

I really want to hear from you. Is there anything in your life that maybe you've realized recently or through this post that you are addicted to? Email me, write in the comments, whatever. I want to encourage and pray for you! 

2 comments:

  1. Well...it's a little funny you say you almost didn't rewrite this post...only because I am getting addicted to reading your blogs every morning and I don't know what I would have done without it! ;) ha. Seriously though, I do love them and appreciate your time and energy and creativity and wisdom and encouragement that you share with us on a daily basis. Thank you Paige! :) And btw, I do that all the time with my phone...pick it up to be productive and next thing I know I'm on FB....gotta break that silly habit! Thanks for always getting me thinking. :)

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  2. I have several if I am honest, one of which is keeping my cell phone on me constantly. Of all things God can use to show me this He used Bilbo Baggins and his addiction to the ring in Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring to show me this. Bilbo becomes frantic when he thinks he lost the ring. I did this the very next day with my cell phone. Left it home the following day and found I don't need it with me constantly. :)

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