Why do people get drunk or do drugs? Is the so called fun they had that one night going to be enough to last a life time?
Why do girls dress so inappropriately? Is the attention they get from the wrong kind of guys going to be fulfilling enough to last a life time?
Why do guys go after the girls that dress inappropriately? Is the attraction they have to that look going to last a life time?
Why do we put so much time and effort into our jobs rather then other people? Is that paycheck going to get you what you want and when you have it, will it last a life time?
Why do we spend so much time online cultivating virtual relationships when we all know somebody in real life that needs a REAL friend? Will those comments and blogs last a life time?
Why do we hold in so much of our emotion? What are we afraid of? Are all the times we failed to share something with a willing ear going to build trusting relationships that will last a life time?
I know all of us can think of a hundred situations that fit into this. Why is it that we do the things we do or don’t do for that matter and what drives our decisions? Gives us a good idea of where our hearts are really at doesn’t it.
I feel like people just do not open up about anything anymore. Everybody keeps everything bottled up. Sometimes I feel like I don’t really know anybody. I guess that is part of getting older. The older people get the more they have been through and hurt by it. More hurt leads to more seclusion of emotion. I don’t really think it has so much to do with getting older as it does with culture. Culture is changing, people lead to busy of lives to pay as close attention to their kids as earlier generations. As a result the kids who are not grown up and entering adulthood have no concept of how to share emotionally with others. Don’t get me wrong, Im not looking for everybody to pour their hearts out to each other for no reason, just those who consider each other friends or maybe even someone you are dating.
What are you holding on to? If its any of the above or something you could relate to it then there is an issue of idolatry. You might say, how does the way I dress or how I share my emotions make me a idolator?
The word idolatry comes from the Greek word eidololatria, a compound of eidolon, “image” or “figure”, and latreia, “worship”. When you care so much about how you are looked at by others you are idoling the opinion of other people. You seek that affirmation that you are desireable so you dress in a way that gets you instant affirmation. You have others in your life that care about you but you do not share your emotions or feelings with them. Your idol in that case is whatever fear is holding you back from cultivating real relationships with people. Your decision to go out and party one weekend is idolatry in the sense that you care more about self gratification then you do about self image. The list can go on…
Why do guys go after girls who dress inappropriately? Is it to make up for their own insecurities?
Why do so many dating couples act so inappropriately in public? Is public display so important to them that they take away everything they could show off in public after they marry?
Maybe Im old fashion or something…
I guess we all have our idols and it’s hard to avoid getting caught up in something to the point where it becomes an issue. For those who do not know Christ then I guess it’s not even an issue at all but for those who know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour it is an issue. Where is your faith? Is your faith in what is relevant to you in whatever your present state is or even in where you are trying to get in life? Is it in your stuff, things you want to attain, or status you want to reach?
Take a step back from your “stuff” in life and look at where you are at in relation to everything around you. If Jesus Christ is not your reason for being part of something, acting a certain way, or seeking after certain things then you need to realign yourself with what God does want for your life. There is to much love and grace out there that is given to you so freely. Why not remove some of the blinders you have allowed to get put on you so you can see God’s true glory.