As humans, most of us depend on different things to make it through the day...
We depend on caffeine to give us energy because we stayed up watching TV and eating late night snacks instead of getting our required sleep. We find ourselves stressed out because we're not eating right, not getting enough sleep and drinking too much caffeine.
We may be going through family circumstances that are less than pleasant. To help us cope, we numb our feelings to slide through it easily. Television, itself, numbs us so we don't have to deal with our real world. But many depend on other substances to make it through tough life situations... smoking, drinking or drugging to calm nerves in times of stress.
Even if we can recognize them, we're unable to stand in our own feelings without crumbling. Our emotions are crippled, usually due to some kind of trauma.
Like someone with a broken leg, we depend on 'crutches' to walk through life when we should be trusting God to carry us.
As a recovering addict, I understand this all too well. Honestly, I still struggle. There are days I find myself picking up an old crutch. When I do, I have to stop and recognize it for what it is, immediately repent and ask for God's forgiveness.
There's nothing inherently wrong with watching television or even having a glass of wine for that matter. But when we are using these things instead of allowing God to help us, it becomes a problem that will stunt our spiritual growth and maybe even our physical health.
Are you walking with crutches today?
Ask God to reveal things that are out of balance. He will honor your request and give you the needed strength to change.
Let God Carry You...
God is my strength and power, He makes my way perfect. ~ 2 Samuel 22:33