The saying, “absence makes the heart grow fonder” first appeared in 1602, published within Francis Davison’s Poetical Rhapsody. This expression applies to several aspects in life. Thus, while working nights since July, I began to miss some of the television shows I use to watch with my family. Until Saturday, a marathon to check up on a few of my favorites, I forgot how empty entertainment can leave a soul, void of any significant meaning.
Although spending an entire day as a couch potato sounds appealing, boredom is a likely destination despite how many channels your cable or dish company provides. According to Philippians 2:4, every human does need to be refreshed, before they can be of any benefit to others. Yet, indulging in comedies, movies and sitcoms provide temporary pleasure before fading fast. If you choose this path, emptiness is unavoidable.
Subsequently, individuals need to look in a different direction to experience a complete restoration. Emptiness can be replaced by practicing Romans 12:1-2, leading to a transformed mind. Depending upon your own desire, devotion and discipline, the timing on this change varies. Whether you’re listening to or reading the Bible, Romans 10:17, faith will not disappoint, making the empty feel whole once again.
by Jay Mankus