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Making a Cut: Addictions & The Choices that Can Set Us Free

So I kind of have an addictive personality. When it comes to certain things I’m either all in or all out. It’s  honestly a big part of the reason why I’ve made the personal decision to not drink. I didn’t want to give alcohol any chance of damaging my life that way it has certain family members lives. As someone who has wrestled with depression, it didn’t make sense for me to fill myself with a depressant especially after a night of emotional drinking could have ruined me. And when it comes to social media, I have a totally addictive personality. I’m all in. I check my email all day long; constantly stroll through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. I’m realizing I need an intervention. Today, this question popped in my head:

What, if you cut out of your life would potentially transform your life?

I have hope I’m able to relearn healthy patterns and have a balanced relationship with social media (and my phone).  It has its wonderful benefits. It’s clear to me though I have an unhealthy relationship with it. It’s robbing me of my productivity. It’s stealing my creativity. It’s coming between me and my closest relationships. And at the end of the day it’s robbing me of my joy. I can’t help but imagine how amazing it would be without social media entirely, yet I’m so wedded to it! I guess I, like so may are torn!

Maybe for you it’s not social media. Maybe it’s a secret addiction, an eating disorder, over-consumerism. But what if we did the hard thing? What if entertained the uncool question and cut it out of lives completely, maybe not forever, but maybe for at least a season? Do you think it could have the ability to totally transform our lives? I know it’s often not as easy as simply cutting it out, but what steps can you take towards freedom? Maybe it’s acknowledging you have a problem, admitting it to someone safe. As a follower of Jesus, I believe He is the ultimate life-transformer, but habits do have power over us. I’m flirting with what to do next, with this unhealthy relationship I’ve created in my life. Any tips are welcome!

So, what do you think? What needs reevaluating in your life?

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