Assume you have a fully charged phone in a place where you have no access to electricity. You have an important phone conversation scheduled with the President of the big multinational company where you work at 3pm that day. How will you use the phone?
Are you going to browse on the internet, watch videos and listen to music, something you naturally enjoy, or maybe talk to your best friends all morning?
There is nothing wrong or illegal if you want to use your phone for the afore- mentioned activities. The only challenge is that those activities will end up draining your battery, to the point that you may not be able to keep that life -changiing phone appointment with the President.
Our emotions can be likened to the battery power of your smart phone. It has limits to how much it can be used effectively in a day. Interestingly, a lot of things clamor and feed on our emotions each passing day, with the catastrophic consequence of leaving us empty by the time we come before the most important personality in this world, God, our father.
Most Christians nowadays wonder why, they no longer have zeal and desire for the things of God: Things like reading and meditating the word of God, fellowship, prayer, evangelism etc.
The reason is a subtle one; other things are busily sapping all our emotions till we have nothing left for the things of God.
Just consider all the various TV series you are currently addicted to? It overtakes your mind, sink deep into your sub consciousness and it is the most talked about in your conversation with friends.
The telenovelas, football, crime series, blockbusters, fashion channels, reality shows, Music, Celebrity Gossip, Wild Life exploration etc. are things that feed on the same emotions God so desire that we invest in His things.
Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
Recently I was so angry at a Coach in the Premier League for putting on the bench one of the best players I love to see play. My unfounded anger even affected my appetite for food. I was even praying for that Coach to lose the match just for him to realize he made a really bad choice!
Just then, a wave of guilt swept through my spine, for I don’t even remember the last time I felt sad for lost souls, or was angry at the devil for the seed of waywardness he has sown in the lives of some friends and family, but here was I ,overly angry and sympathetic for a soccer player who doesn’t know me or care a hoot about me.
One time I overheard a group of guys talking negative about my football club, Chelsea( for which I don’t even have a membership card) and I just interrupted the conversation to defend my team and set a few things right without invitation.
There have been instances where a man tragically murdered his wife over arguments on the elections as each belonged to opposing factions.
The question is that as a Christian, will you defend the name of Jesus or even your pastor when you hear a group of people slandering them? We are sometimes guilty of condoning in such baseless accusations.
Yet there are a number of times I have to literally drag myself to pray and study the word of God, which is a light unto my feet and the guide to a fulfilled life.
I think it is time for us to sit up and rethink on our priorities, we don’t have an infinite pool of emotions, and we need to prioritize on what best to expend this scarce resource on. Anything you expose your emotions to will have an impact on you and some other thing will have to be sacrificed.
The Bible clearly admonishes us to guard our hearts( which is the centre of our emotions) with due diligence, knowing that there are many things which will try to drain us
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. -Proverbs 4:23
As branches of the vine, let’s stay connected to the deep things of God to ensure that we are well empowered to play our roles effectively as the salt and light of the world.
God bless you
From the desk of ROL