Hello, friend! Welcome to my blog, and I hope you’re doing well! Today I’d like to talk about some distractions we face often in our lives, mainly ones that are time wasters and don’t do anything to help us. And then next week, I’m going to talk about how we can stop or slow down the intake of those things.
It’s Not Just You
First of all, it’s not just you. Everyone wastes time and procrastinates at some point, including me. The point of these next couple of articles aren’t just to instill guilt and leave you wondering what to do, but also to help you (and myself) find a way to use time more wisely.
I think during quarantine a lot of us have liked to slack off and use the time to really relax when we don’t have school or work to do. And while relaxation and rest are good and needed, too much rest results in laziness and time-wasting. Time that could be spent with God.
Time Wasting TV
TV is probably the biggest time-waster of all, especially if you have Netflix or Disney+ or other streaming services. You find your show, click on an episode, and suddenly you’ve watched closer to five episodes. If each episode is 20 minutes, and you watch five episodes, that’s 100 minutes or an hour and 40 minutes of time watching something that isn’t very profitable for you!
John Piper says in his book Don’t Waste Your Life:
A mind fed daily on TV diminishes. Your mind was made to know and love God. Its facility for this great calling is ruined by excessive TV. The content is so trivial and so shallow that the capacity of the mind to think worthy thoughts withers, and the capacity of the heart to feel deep emotions shrivels.John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life
Social Media Scrolling
As a teenager, I only have access to a couple of basic platforms that can hardly be considered social media, but I hear plenty about social media from my parents, other teenagers, and other adults. And from what I’ve heard, time spent reading posts and liking images isn’t exactly the best time spent either.
For me, I use a platform called Discord, and I like to chat with people there. It isn’t the same as Instagram or Facebook but it’s still a way to socialize. I spend time roleplaying and talking about various topics with random people instead of being productive or doing something more worthwhile.
Now don’t take me wrong, there are amazing friends I’ve made on there that I love to talk with, and using social media to make better connections is useful. But if you’re on a platform for hours upon hours not really doing anything for anybody or yourself, that’s wasting time.
An Example From A Specific Hound
In my family, we have two foxhounds: Oscar and Ginger. Ginger is the most food-driven animal I have ever seen. If she had to choose between our family and a bowl of bacon she’d choose the bacon every time.
For example, the other day my dad was trying to put some medicine on the dogs’ backs. This involved running a little bottle down their backs while squeezing out some liquid. To keep the dogs calm, we gave them treats while this was being done to them.
Oscar didn’t handle it so well; he isn’t as dedicated to food as Ginger is, and so we temporarily gave up on him. Ginger, however, was so focused on the treats she didn’t even flinch. She glanced at what my dad was doing to her once and then went back to the treats.
Of course, we’re above the dogs, but we sometimes can have a mindset like Ginger here. We’re so stuck on seeing the next episode of our favorite shows or liking posts we don’t realize what’s happening, that we’re putting these things before God.
The solution for all of this may be hard, but it will be worth it. It’s time to rip the bandaid off and see the wound. See what we have been wasting our time on, and then put ointment on it by knowing that God is greater, and He is better than any TV show we could ever watch.
Over the next week, challenge yourself. See what it’s like to not watch TV for a couple of days. Maybe, if possible, log out of your social media accounts and see what it’s like. I’ll be trying to do similar things, and then next Friday I’ll give you an official post of ideas for pulling yourself out of the hole of distractions, while still having things to do.
I probably didn’t mention half the things that distract us today, but you can look at your own time spent on various things and evaluate, “Is this helping me glorify God?” and if the answer is no, then consider cutting back on the time spent doing that, and go on from there.
Thank you for joining me on this eye-opening journey of our modern-day distractions! If you haven’t already, please consider subscribing to my email list on the home page of the blog to receive updates for when I post and my monthly newsletter. Remember to stay tuned for my next post!
Have a blessed day,