February 23, 2007

How Small Is Your Life?

How small is your life? I don't mean what have you accomplished, or what is your net worth or what kind of trophies have you won or anything like that. I mean, what is the focus of your life?

It's a pretty heavy question I know so let me bring it down to earth, where we live.

Do you read publications like Weekly World News, The National Enquirer, the Star, or People Magazine? I don't mean you scan the paper while waiting to check out at the grocery store or you skim the magazine at the dentist's office but you actually shell out good money for such tripe.

Do you become engrossed by the latest tragedy in the news such that you have to be up on every new detail, skimming channels to get another little tid-bit that some other network may have missed? Are you addicted to any of the "reality" shows that permeate the airwaves of cable and satellite?

Do you find yourself changing appointments, or plans so as not to miss who will be voted off the island this week? Have you ever watched any soap opera for more than 10 minutes?

If you answer yes to any of these--frankly, your life is too small! I'm not talking about some kind of legalism here; everyone needs some blob time; even Jesus escaped leaving the routine of His day behind to get some peace and quiet.

But I am concerned for anyone who lives vicariously through the lives of others. God didn't create you to waste away expending mental and emotional energy on some half wits taking a dare to sleep with scorpions or to be locked in a room with strangers even if it is for a million bucks.

What redeeming value is there in watching some deranged woman swapping places with another man's wife and trying to deal with his children? And Soaps??? Are you really improved by indulging in fake romances--usually sinful--following the travails and crises of those fake relationships from one day or one week to the next? C'mon!

"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things." Philip. 4:8

We will all answer for what we do with every second of our lives. Can you handle that?


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