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Thursday, January 17, 2013

The weight which so easily entangles

A couple of years ago, I decided to quit playing games on Facebook.  It happened to be on New Year's Eve, but it wasn't a New Year's resolution.  My family was gone to the New Year's Eve party at church where we play games and eat yummy food.  I wasn't there because my baby was sick and I was messing around on Facebook while he slept.

There is nothing wrong with playing games on Facebook and certainly there was nothing wrong with doing it at the time.  But I have a problem.  It's a weight that entangles.  Hebrews 12:1"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,"
I can't play one game, and if I get sucked into it today, I will do it tomorrow and the next day and the next day.  It's  a time waster for me and it accomplishes nothing for me, and usually ends up leaving me drained, not rested. But it somehow has the power to suck me in and keep me hostage.

As I said before it's not sin.  There is nothing wrong with playing a game or two or a lot.  But for me, it is wrong.  I don't have self-control with it.  Now, I don't play it for hours on end, nor do I ignore pressing needs in my home. 

There are other things that I enjoy when I'm taking a break, reading a good book, quilting, etc.  When I'm finished with those things, I feel energized and excited and I have something to show for it. 

A couple of times since that day two years ago, I have tried to do a game on Facebook, just a little thing, kind of like solitaire.  It doesn't work for me.  There are those of you who have no trouble with this, but this is my thing, my weight that bogs me down and I can't continue life without being held hostage by it.

So instead of continuing to try to find a way to make games on-line work for me, I'm going to read a book to relax, or pull out my material and make a block for a quilt.  I don't need this - being held hostage by a silly game. 

I see it with my boys and the Wii and the games they play.  If they don't set the timer they play for hours, thinking it's been a few minutes.  And they are all-consumed with the next time they get to play the Wii.  Not healthy.

The TV is a time-sucker as well.  Once turned on, it doesn't get turned off and we end up looking for the best of the worst.  Nothing good is on, but we'll watch the best thing on.  Really, do we need to be watching anything?  What about a game? or the radio?

This post is a bit related to yesterday's.  I want to be reaching and striving to see the gifts God gives.

Making the most of today

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