I haven’t blogged twice in a day in quite some time. Thanks WordPress, for making this easy on me, and actually enjoyable. Let’s cut to the chase!
I’m sure parents all over might rejoice after reading this, but then again, I think God’s leading me to write it for some of them more than their children. This picture (not me) resembles me three years ago. Without the tie of course! The avid video game junkie. Ever wonder why they are called “junkies”? Such a title to aspire to! But that’s what I did. Each second that I sat in my recliner, at the age of 28, was spent aspiring to be a junkie. Moments that were overcoming my life without me noticing it. Like one of those frogs you always hear about. The ones that don’t realize the temperature is boiling, and eventually just croak.
There are quite a few passages in scripture that deal with moments like these. One that’s always brought up is found in Exodus 20:4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth”. Does that really apply to something as fun as video games? It does if you’re like me and have stood in line for 17 hours, with hundreds of dollars in hand to be one of the chosen few to purchase an Xbox 360 on release day. Selfish? Yes. Idolatry? Hmm. I would have said no if you asked me that day, as I felt important having Wal-Mart security guards escort me and my new idol to my car. Or the days that my children were enjoying playing like toddlers do, wishing their father would put his toy away and come play with them instead.
I begin blogging about this now because I can speak of the relief and joy that I have found when 20% of my days aren’t consumed by one thing of this world that dominated mine. It took humility and sacrifice to hand my idol to someone else, but God blessed the choice I made and continues to mold me. There are many other areas I have to deal with, but I know there are those struggling with this at this very second. Is it time for you to become a little bit less so He can become a little bit more?