Gifts/Talents, Motivation, Procrastination, Self-Control, Time Management

Addicted!

No matter where I am or what I am doing I have to take a hit. Someone can be talking to me and I will sit right in their face and get my fix. Even while I am working and trying to meet critical deadlines, I’ll take hours to indulge. At the dinner table, at the restaurant or driving in my car, I take a quick hit. Church and airplanes are really the only spaces that are safe.

I am ashamed to admit it but my name is Chanceé Lundy and I am addicted to Facebook. I don’t think that I am a hardcore addict. I am not forsaking other real duties and responsibilities to peruse what I call the “weapon of mass distraction” but I am a functioning addict. My addiction creeps in when I really could be using my time and my mind for something else. Lately, I found that I could not go a day without logging in.  As a matter of fact, I am not sure if I went more than an hour. For years I wouldn’t add the mobile application because it was my way of taking a break from the social network when I wasn’t at a computer. However, that ended over a year ago when I installed it on my phone. Bad decision! Now I take my drug of choice everywhere.

What’s worse is that I don’t play Facebook games like Farmville, Mafia or anything of that sort. As a matter of fact, I often turn my nose up at people who do. “Don’t they have better things to do with their time? I can’t believe people would waste all of their time playing games on here.” Meanwhile, my countless hours of clicking through thousands of photos of people is just as bad, if not worse. At least they are competing; I am wasting hours of productivity and losing sleep looking at pictures trying to figure out how people are connected.

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12 KJV) Our time is our most precious asset and once it is gone it cannot be replaced. We have all heard the phrase “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” For many, Facebook has allowed them the opportunity to create stories based on other people’s status updates, pictures or writing on someone’s wall. All too common is the question, “Well how did you find out?” and the response is, “I saw it on Facebook.” It’s an alternate world that feeds into true reality. Often when those worlds collide, disaster ensues. There are the breakups, divorces, fights, and rumors caused by misuse of a social media tool that merely allows us to make connections with people that we otherwise would not interact with.

While your vice may not be Facebook, there may be other things that have captured your imagination that cause you to lose productivity because of your secret addiction. “How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.” (Proverbs 6: 9-11 NIV) While continuing to ask God to do things in our life, it is unfortunate that we would consume ourselves with things that get us no closer to our harvest or to kingdom building.

Am I anti-Facebook? Of course not. But, I have realized there is a stark difference when I take intentional “breaks” and not let it consume me. As a matter of fact, I am noticing the number of deactivated accounts of people that I know and when I ask them why, their response is that it was wasting too much of their time. We are bombarded with so much technology that it is easy to see how we become distracted by constantly talking on our cell phones, texting, emailing, internet browsing, playing  games and much more. While all of these things are purposeful in our life, we have to remember their intended use and not let them become our addiction.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for showing us the error of our ways. Help us to recognize the addictions that we have in our life and send us through a spiritual rehabilitation. While You have equipped us with many methods to stay in touch and fellowship, help us to realize that these are not our talents and our time should not be wasted on things that don’t uplift. You have provided us with the gift of time; remind us when we are not using it wisely. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to seek out those things that are separating you from God’s promises. As you make your requests known to God, ask Him to reveal areas in your life where you can spend more time focusing on Him. Allow Him to break addictions and be obedient when He tells you to let certain things go. Don’t let an idle mind keep you from your harvest!

Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is a small business co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend, community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. One of her favorite scriptures is Hebrews 11:6: And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

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17 thoughts on “Addicted!”

  1. I absolutely love this!!!! There are so many things that separate us from God and we don’t even know it. Self control is such an issue here, but God has given us strength to learn it.

    Awesome awesome awesome post! This post has cause me to re-evaluate a few things.

    1. Kay I didn’t realize it either, until one day as soon as I woke up I opened my laptop and logged onto FB or grabbed my cellphone to quickly peruse the site. I noticed this as a consistent pattern and I recognized that before I grabbed my Bible or thanked the Lord for waking me up, I was being nosy and all up in everybody else’s business. I am glad that this post was able to open your eyes about your own addictions as well. Be blessed…

  2. Chancee,
    Duly noted my Sister!!!! I have FB loaded on my BlackBerry as well and will be mindful to make sure I don’t let it become a major distraction in my life. Checking myself right now!!

    Thank you for this very important post showing us that the enemy will try to use any way he can to have our minds occupied elsewhere, where it should always and only be FIRST on God.

    Awesome post!!!! Stay blessed!!

    1. Dee, thanks for your post. That FB mobile is such a nuisance if you don’t have discipline. Sometimes you have to check yourself. I have been doing it on a daily basis and I realize other addictions I have as well that really hinder my productivity. I continue to ask God to show me those things that separate me from reaching his divine purpose.

  3. Hello, My name is Kristen and Im addicted to REALITY TV. Yes, I watch Basketball Wives, Real Housewives and any other show with wives in the title and no real wives on the show! I dont know what it is about watching over peoples lives that intrigues me so but I just cant resist it. Most of it is classless trash so I really could be devoting my time elsewhere! You are so right in your observation: we are busy asking God to advance but we are busy doing stuff that isnt advancing us.

    One other nugget that I read in your post is that we often think our addictions are better than others…CHECKED!

    Great post.

    1. Honey you know I am right there with you. Tooting my own horn, I have not watched any wife show in at least two weeks. Woot Woot! Girl we watch these other peoples lives because they somehow make our lives seem that much better. “me and my friends don’t act like that” Ha! Checked- on making my addictions better than everyone else’s. LOL!

  4. Amen!!!! I am guilty lol… Now I used to be the one putting my business out there, but now I write my testimonies & I also post the daily empowermoments. I am still a work in progress because I still find myself reading & discussing the latest gossip.

    1. Praise God for work in progress! I occasionally vent on FB but never really tell my business because I just don’t do that; however, I sure get my popcorn and read about other folks and their trials. I am glad that you are learning and so am I. 😀

    1. Thanks for your comment! It’s not often that we get to hear from males on here :D. I am glad to know that our messages reach beyond our intended target soo please share them with your friends.

      Signed,

      A Former Addict

  5. Chancee thanks for this post. I let go of fb Jan. of this year because I wasn’t addicted but I allowed friends of friends to cause disaster in my life. But there are some other things that I’m addicted to i.e. shopping and others that I need to not let interfere in my time with God. This post hit things right on the head.

    1. Now Amber that is a big social media issue. Messiness! I see it all the time and people use pictures and other things to put together stories that are often not true. We open ourselves to attacks by allowing people who otherwise wouldn’t have a means to reach out to us open access to our lives. I am glad you realized the poison that it was and did what was best for you. I am glad this post checked your other addictions too.

  6. This post is phenomenal! Really it is! Checked and about to change some things. This post allowed me to check myself because I also have the fb app on my blackberry, I don’t post often but I am all up in everybody business on there. I also am addicted to talking on my phone while driving. Yeah I know I’m breaking the law but besides that the conversations are not helping me reach my goals or advanced to where God is taking me. (Sorry gossiping buddies, to thyself be true) I’m checking myself and daily I’m going to make a conscious effort to stay off of both so much. Thanks again for this post!

    1. Sheka! I am glad that you enjoyed it. Girl that nosiness is hard to step away from and often times we are soo caught up we don’t realize what we are doing until after it’s done. Sometimes I can be on FB and two hours have passed before I even realize what I am doing or how much time has escaped. You are right “to thine own self be true.”

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