We've looked at several different elements of our lives in this series. Physical possessions, entertainment and leisure activities all have the potential to distract us from God's Will and harm our relationship with Jesus. However, these 3 are all symptoms of another larger form of distraction and harm: Success. How does the pursuit of this lofty aspiration, especially from the wrong perspective, distract and harm us? We examine that question today.
Activities and Hobbies
We have looked at physical possessions and entertainment so far and their effect on our spiritual walk with God. The amount of time and energy we spend on these two areas will help dictate whether we stay in balance with God or find ourselves outside the path He has set for us. Today we shift focus to another area of our lives that has the potential to pull us out of balance with God.
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Entertainment: The Distraction Before Downfall
Last week looked at physical possessions, an area that is easy to identify but difficult to abandon. This week we turn our attention to something a little more abstract. Entertainment is a relative term. Some find it in television and others in a good book. Some find it in social gatherings and performance events. Regardless, entertainment can be a good thing that stimulates the senses and the mind. However, it is easily overindulged in and can lead us to removing from reality. That's the danger that we look at today through the downfall of several groups and people.
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Subtract From Your Possessions
Physical Possessions and The Pursuit of Them
We open this series by looking at one area that is easy to identify. The amount of physical possessions we own and how much time and energy we put into accruing them is easy to quantify. The desire we have for that house, that car, those clothes and more is easy to assess. It's right in front of us every day. It's on our minds regularly. Today, we look at physical possessions from a Biblical perspective to see how they can hold us back and what we can do to limit their influence. Hopefully, we will see how subtracting physical possessions and the pursuit of them still works today in our pursuit of God's plan for our lives.
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As the title above suggests, we are going to talk about how to find greater balance in our lives through sacrificing. However, what isn't told in the title is what we'll be sacrificing. In our LYL series, we talked about giving up our personal desires to take on the desires of God. In this series, we are going to go through a few more detailed areas to help pull us further away from world and closer to God and His plan for us. So what are these area? The list of five are below:
Physical Possessions: The amount of stuff we own and the pursuit of it is weighing us down. In this section, we'll examine how giving up unnecessary things will go a long way to helping us declutter our lives and thus allow for more of God in it.
Entertainment: It's always been a distraction, but the modern world is idled by the amount of entertainment we have at our fingertips. We'll examine how we can limit the amount of entertainment and what we can replace that time with.
Extra Curricular Activities/Hobbies: These are things that can take up our time and pull us away from God's purpose as well. We'll see how to remove wasteful activities and alter others so as to integrate God into them.
Success/Status: The pursuit of success and status has bee the downfall of many's Spirit walk. We'll look at how to alter or outright cut off our pursuits of worldly success so we can start succeeding in Christ.
Non Spiritual Social Connections: The less we talk about God in our interactions with other, the worse off our relationships become. We look at how to get the non essential talk down and the conversation about the things that matter up.
More than Just Removal
You'll notice that in all five of these areas, we are looking at doing more than eliminating things. To cut stuff out may get rid of the bad. However, we must also replace it with the good. This series will aim at adding to our lives as we subtract that which has been holding us back. The series will start next Monday with Physical Possessions. The series will be formatted as such:
Monday: Devotion including a story from the Bible, modern application and personal story from our editor in chief.
Wednesday: ACCESS page will have a special video up showcasing how this subtraction can be done.
Friday: A Podcast episode detailing our EIC's struggles with the topic and what he did and is doing to overcome them.
We hope this multimedia approach helps everyone to get the most out of this series. We can't wait to start it and hope to hear from you about the series in advance of it's launch. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments or on Facebook. Thanks again and God bless and keep searching.
As a final note, we aren't saying that any of the five areas we are covering are bad. We are simply saying that they are in need of examination and calibration in our lives. We hope to shed some light on these areas and help others get the most out of them in their lives.
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.