Monday, March 31, 2014

Distraction's Deeper Meaning

Viktor Frankl: 
"When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure."
This little quote could help you read a big red indicator light on the dashboard of your life.

There's no harm in playing a game on your phone now and then, or in watching a funny or interesting YouTube video. But do you spend hours ("Oh man, did I just waste THAT much time?!") in an average week dinking around with small, meaningless distractions? When "down time" comes, do you regularly gravitate to mindless Facebook scrolling or Pinterest browsing or game apps on your phone? How strong of a pull does the sensual, provocative pic/link/ad have on you to feed on forbidden fruit?
"When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure."
Little things are always what fill the void if we don't have anything bigger. If we're not living for the big, weighty substance of God's glory and the good of others, we'll inevitably try to fill up on little selfish pleasures.

1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV)
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
That oft quoted text comes in the context of 1 Corinthians 8:1-11:1, where Paul personally models (in chapter 9) the meaningful life of God-glorifying love that he calls his readers to live (in chapters 8 and 10).

Let your sense of the unsatisfying smallness of your typical distractions lead you to a purposeful pursuit of what really matters.

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 14 (NLT)
"Everything is meaningless," says the Teacher, "completely meaningless!"
I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless-- like chasing the wind.
1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV)
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

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