I have a pretty obsessive personality.  When I get excited about something or really start getting into a new hobby, it quickly becomes all I think about.  I talk about it to everyone I interact with.  I research it online.  I use my entire lunch hour doing it or making plans to do it.  I sometimes even dream about it. 

Do I like the fact that I am obsessive?  Absolutely not, it is one of the many things in my personality that I would like to change.  However, the fact that I am aware of the issue and acknowledge that I have trouble with it gives me a chance to work on using it for good things, even for Godly things.

What about you?  Do you obsess over anything?  Do you have any small addictions?  I have noticed that a lot of people have at least a moderate addiction to gaming.  I’m talking Farmville, Angry Birds, Tiny Zoo, Draw Something, Tapfish, Mob Wars, Texas Hold ‘Em, Snake (just in case somebody an early 1990’s phone), Tetris, Words with Friends, Scramble with Friends, Hanging with Friends, Fruit Ninja, and Temple Run.  And you and I both know that list is nowhere near exhaustive.  (Note:  I am not talking about big addictions like drugs, alcohol, and gambling.  Also, I do not recommend playing Angry Birds while doing any of those things.)

Game addiction is such a strange feeling.  It’s like the only thing you want more than to play another round of the game is to not feel the need to constantly play the game.  “I have to get a new high score.”  “I have to see if it is my turn.”  “I have to beat that stage.”  “WHY CAN’T I STOP!?”  “HELP!!!”

What if we had that kind of “addictive” feeling about prayer, reading the Bible, or ministry?  What if we just couldn’t get enough of feeding the hungry or meeting the needs of widows and orphans?  Wouldn’t it be cool if you just could not wait to be alone so you can pray?  Or you cannot help but to use your entire lunch break to plow through the book of Numbers?

The sooner that we realize we are an addictive, obsessive culture, the sooner we can take that negative trait and turn it into good work for the Kingdom of God.  Once we begin to focus our obsessions on fruitful tasks, our actions will finally reflect the Biblical principles we claim to believe.  Before we know it, we will begin to change the world.  We will start to look more and more like disciples in the book of Acts.  Wow…how awesome would that be?

4/12/2012 10:40:51 am

What seems to be so hard is to channel that obsession into Godly desires. Certainly it is best and it is right, but I have not figured out how to get obsessive about God and less obsessive about online games.


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