Cravings, dependence and enslavement are all terms associated with addiction. This invisible struggle tends to go unnoticed. Initial signs are subtle as souls wrestle with self-control prior to patterns being revealed. In the context of alcohol and drugs, actions, behavior and obsessions become obvious over time. Unfortunately, until individuals come to grips with their losing battle, conditions will continue on a downward spiral.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God, Colossians 3:1.
Last weekend I had lunch just north of Amish country. After picking up my kids from their week long camp, I wanted to spend some time together learning of their experience. Hoping to get a flavor of Lancaster County, my son chose a diner with several cars in the parking lot. To my surprise many of the customers were busy playing Pokemon Go on their phones. This popular app’s success is a sign of a new type of addiction.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things, Colossians 3:2.
Recreation serves as a vehicle to revitalize souls. However, when individuals become captivated with what’s on their phones, hearts and minds become weakened. Hobbies are a good and fun way to pass time. Yet, as people become attached and hooked to their phones or tablets, unhealthy patterns form. The concept of being still before the Lord is replaced by a new type of addiction to technology. May those distracted by these modern devises reflect upon the apostle Paul’s words and be moved to fix their hearts and minds on eternal things.
by Jay Mankus