:what addiction?"

ad·dic·tion (ə-dĭk'shən)
3. The condition of being habitually or compulsively occupied with or or involved in something.

so for the last week i've discovered this...

during the coldest stretch ever in my 15 years of being in hong kong, i've been turning to my newest addiction in my life. Rooibus Tea Latte... it's stellar. it's the type of thing that would alter my traveling path to make sure i pass by a starbucks and i get my fix...

it's actually more because i'm moving to cut coffee out of my life. i've had a long hard think about what coffee does to the body, and after thinking about it i've decided that it's actually just as bad as smoking. the caffeine that i believe that i need can be acquired through tea, and that's free of all the crap that burnt coffee beans bring.

so, that aside, what's the real point of this post. well, it's more about the nature of addiction.

i've been addicted to a few things in my life. ecstasy, cigarettes, SNES, jazz music, coffee... i think many people are addicted to many things, while that's NOT ok, it really depends on what you do with that addiction.

in january, many people in our church went on a fast, and people fasted many different things from facebook to food... at the end though, rather than do a post fast binge, which is rampant around me, i've taken a new deeper dive into the whole thing. i've been thinking about things in my life that i allow to take the place of God.

i mean, that's what addiction is about right? turning to whatever that thing or place is, even when you dont want... till the point it consumes you. which is actually the rightful place of God.

Joshua 22:5
But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul."

this is what the bible defines as an idol. Something that steals worship from God. can you imagine that? my local starbucks gets more joy, more satisfaction, more attention then my God gets? preposterous? or painfully true?

so now i guess i've found out now that seemingly harmless things can be described as something that distracts me from God. yikes.

..... hmmm.. that's some bad tasting food for thought now isn't that?

let's not even TALK about TV....



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