"I am the way and the truth and the life"
Faith can lead us to handle our addictions with an "avoidance mentality" if we don't see the bigger picture.
Last night in Youth Group, we discussed how TV, Movies, and Music impact us more than we care to admit. Speaking for myself, I fully admit that a lot of my down time is engaged in social media or sitting in front of a screen.
So at first our group was making resolutions to simply avoid watching so much TV. Sounds simple enough right? As our conversation went on, though, we realized that it was tough to think of alternatives to TV and playing video games. It was actually kind of depressing!
Finally, after some deliberation, we all agreed to make one new friend this week.
Isn't that interesting? So often we intuitively know that we should spend less time in a certain activity, but we have no clue what to do instead; so we ignore our consciences, continue in our ways, and don't grow as persons. The mentality of avoiding TV and Netflix is not enough to overcome these small addictions. We have to see the bigger picture of maturing into the Saints we are called to be.
As Jesus said, "Do not be afraid" (Mt.14:27). We can all grow in maturity by changing our mentality of avoiding screen time to growing in our love for others. Go visit a nursing home, work out, ride your bike, read a book, make a new friend... the list goes on. There are so many alternatives to being couch potatoes in our living rooms. Let's be Saints!