Idols Come in Different Forms

Lately, I've had an idol.

Not a literal, crafted golden cow that I kneel down and worship.

No.

This idol is a small, rectangular box with a touchscreen and a round home button. I constantly entertain it throughout the day, checking it at incredibly small time intervals, hoping for a new notification or message.

Can you guess what my idol is?

Yep. It's my iPod.

I pretended to be unaware that I was becoming obsessed with it, promising myself that I wouldn't use it as much as I did the previous day, but the thoughts I pushed to the back of my mind telling me otherwise inched their way forward.

I was idolizing my iPod.

Is there anything wrong with owning an iPod? With checking Facebook and Instagram? With texting my friends? No.

When I spend more time on my iPod than I do with my Savior and doing things I used to enjoy (like photography, blogging, and journaling), it becomes an issue. When I stay up far too late at night so I can watch videos on YouTube and then read a Bible verse or two really quickly on a Bible app before conking out and call it "good" for the day, there's a problem.

In Exodus 20:3, God says: "You must not have any other god but me." (NLT)

My time with God and my relationship with Him should be the PRIORITY of my day (and my life). My iPod is not going to last. I'm sure that when I go to be with Jesus, I will NOT be thinking, "Man, I wish I could post a picture of this on Instagram." That is pathetic. I won't care about Instagram anymore - I will be in the presence of my Savior.

So, I've decided to do something about my idol. I'm going to be taking a break from my iPod for a while. Not sure how long...maybe a week, maybe more. I know it isn't wrong in and of itself to own an iPod, and it's not wrong to enjoy playing on it. But I have pushed it to the top position in my life, the position only GOD should occupy, and I have felt spiritually dry, not really growing. I'm here saying right now, no more. I want GOD to be my number one priority. He is THE most important, and everything else fades in His Light.

Idols come in many different forms. What's yours? Is there something in your life that God has been telling you to let go, but you resist (like me)?

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Brooke  – (March 14, 2014 at 12:35 PM)  

I feel like I idolize music too much at times. Even though its really good, uplifting music I still spend way more time depending on music to help me through the hard times rather than God. God speaks to me a lot through music too though, so I need to make sure I focus on his message rather than just the song's message. I hope that made some sense :)

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