Freedoms Examined

In twelve hours, my five day stay away from certain “freedoms” (social media and watching TV) will be up. What, if anything, have I learned?

  • Hindrances
    • There are many hindrances in my life, that distract and lead me away from the One who created and sustains me.
  • Idols
    • Things can easily become idols that are set up in my life, even if I don’t mean for them to. An idol is anything that is of a higher priority than my walk with God.
  • Time
    • I have learned that it is a time waster. Not only is it a time waster, but I use these things to “fill the gaps” in terms of time. “Well, there is nothing else to do” or “It will make the day go by faster”.
    • Time is to be cherished. It is to be held as sacred. God has gifted me with time. Now, I must choose how to wisely use it. As the Scriptures say, I need to “make the most of every opportunity”.
  • Loneliness
    • I also use things as a way to “fill my heart”. Not just time, but my heart. To fill the loneliness, I may use social media or watching my favorite shows.
  • Reality Escape
    • I can easily use these same things to escape my reality. Any reality. I can use these things to escape my reality. To run away, from the things that plague my heart and life. Instead . . . of turning to Christ to help me, and then enduring with the reality – instead of escaping it.
  • Depression
    • The very things I use to escape loneliness and escape reality, can cause me to reenter depression quicker than I might have otherwise.
  • Intimacy
    • When I crave intimacy, I need to seek God through His Son Jesus – before turning to other things. I need to discern my needs before jumping into conversations. I need to seek Christ – before divulging into conversations on social media. If I am struggling due to not having intimacy with Christ, other people and my relationships with them – will never be enough. It will never soothe my spirit. It will never be enough. They will never be enough.
  • Freedom
    • If not handled with care and self-control, such freedoms can be dangerous. If not careful, they can lead me away from God – instead of drawing me to God. If I plan on utilizing such freedoms, I need to pursue Christ and exercise restraint. I need to keep an eye on my spirit – so I am led not into temptation, but a deeper walk with God through His Son Jesus Christ.

Freedom: It should direct my path into His will. It should not hinder, distract, keep me from, or place a near stoppage on my relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Bottom line.

 

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Author: Stacey Patrick

Stacey is a writer by nature, and blogs over at gracefullyovercoming.me. Stacey loves to write whenever she can. Her writings center around her love relationship with Jesus Christ, His precious words of truth, chronic illness, and singleness. www.instagram.com/gracefully.overcoming/

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