Sheep Go To Heaven, Goats Go To Hell
Or will it?
I have an addictive personality. No, that doesn’t mean that others are addicted to MY personality. (Although, I am a lot of fun.) What I mean by that statement is that my personality or character has addictive tendancies that will TAKE OVER MY LIFE if I am not careful. But I have learned that statement can be said about anyone of us. It is how we deal (or not deal) with these tendancies that define who we are.
I need a 12-Step program for my caffeine problem. We joke and say that anytime I need “a fix” that I am worshipping at St. Arbucks. It is a joke…but perhaps it’s not that funny if I go slightly out of my way to work each morning because of it. There are TWO ways to work…why do I take that second way? It’s not good, people…and I know that. Yet why do I continue on like I don’t have a choice in the matter?
I just finished the Sixth Harry Potter book. I loved it. I wished the seventh one was already written so I could continue reading. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning reading that book because I just HAD to see what Harry and Co did next. I put off other things that I should be doing to read that book. But have I ever done that while reading the scriptures? Have I ever stayed up late glued to the scriptures because I just HAD to see how the parable of the laborers in the vineyard turns out? No, I never have. Does that mean that I have to include Harry Potter to “The List” of False Gods & Idols? Kinda looks that way, doesn’t it?
The problem is, there really isn’t anything wrong with me reading Harry Potter. (Notice I did not include the statement that ‘there really was nothing wrong with my caffeine addiction in their too.) The tricky part of the equation is letting books (like Harry Potter) or money or cars or clothes or worldly people become like an addiction that gets in the way of other, more important aspects of our life. You may even say that anything that takes away from the importance of Heavenly Father in our lives could be added to “The List.”
It’s scary when you actually stop and think about it. The List keeps getting longer.
I think it is important to remember that each person struggles differently with their “addictions.” I’m not going to lose sleep at night about my Harry Potter reading…but I am going to make sure that I have balance in my life to make sure I’m putting the Lord first. It always goes back to the balance issue, doesn't it?
For the record, I MAY lose sleep over the caffeine issue…but that could be due to compounding reasons. I'm just saying.