In my limited knowledge I would feel comfortable saying addictions are not a good thing.
Maybe I will even go out on a limb and say that they are a bad thing. My friends (yes that is you Jeff Iwaszkowiec) I have an addiction, it is called Call of Duty. This game has taken over my life and has caused me not only to surrender hours of my day to online playing, but has caused me to be out in public and watching our for snipers. I would feel comfortable in saying that this addiction is not healthy.
Two years ago I saw a documentary called “Lord Save Us From Your Followers.“ Dan Merchant sets out to make a documentary about the followers of Jesus and the fact that sometimes we need to be spared/saved from them more then anything else. Today, I am here to ask the Lord to save me from call of duty. This might be a very innocent request, even funny to some, but in all reality call of duty can be one of the biggest stumbling blocks for me.
Ask anyone who plays COD (what the kids are calling Call of Duty these days) online and they will tell you that you sit down to play for about 30 minutes and end up playing for 3 hours. This game has sucked out all the productivity, motivation, and overall value to anything I do. Instead of wondering when I can get some more time to study and read, I am thinking about the next time I can get my fix of some COD. I am not on the level of obsession, nor have I gotten to the point of never leaving my gaming chair to go to the bathroom, but I am on the level of letting this game control my time.
We all fill our time with something. For some it is TV, for others it is sports, you can fill in the blank with whatever you want, but we all have our time zappers (terrible word choice, but it is the only one that fits). These are the things that can be fun in moderation, but can quickly become addictive and obsessive. Sometimes I think we need to stop and ask “Lord save us from Call of Duty.” Because in all reality the devil would love for me to continue to play, to get good, to be ranked high, to get a gaming headset, he would like for me to sit on the coach all day and play video games. Right now I am at a stage in my life where motivation has left the room. I find it difficult to sit down and complete basic task, talk on the phone, or even write. But today I am asking God to save me from myself.