We are all creatures of addiction. We don’t all know it, but we all are. The reason we don’t all know it is because we have allowed society and culture to define what an addiction is. Hence… alcohol, tobacco, drugs, gambling, and pornography are all that is needed to exhaust our definition of an addiction.
In reality, couldn’t we define an addiction as anything that we abuse or excessively use to the detriment of our being and/ or even of others? For believers in Jesus Christ, couldn’t that definition include anything that consistently takes our mind and heart off of our God?
If you took a serious survey of my life, you would probably classify me as addicted to all sorts of things, including Cardinals’ baseball. I am confident I abuse many things and allow them to come between me and God far more often than I like admitting.
Still, we are all aware of the detrimental influences of these societal defined addictions. Most of us can relate personally to, or by knowing someone whose life has been wrecked by their addiction to alcohol and drugs.
Our good friend, S. Keith Barnes has published an excellent tool for helping in the healing process of addicts. His work titled Under the Influence is available here [Non-electronic (yes, someone still buys real books) and Kindle version can be pre-ordered]. Also, by going to his link above, I believe there are other options. The book is structured in a sort of Daily Bread format with quotes, verses, encouragement, and an assignment for each day.
I’ve been privileged with a copy (early birds… yeah!) and having opened and read the first couple of entries, I immediately pre-ordered the Kindle version… it’s that good! I really believe this is a valuable resource for recovering addicts today… and all others, either for personal use or as a gift to a friend who is struggling with any form of an addiction.