I was talking to someone yesterday about the amount of stress and crazy striving that goes on in lives and she said something profound: "we get addicted to the chaos"...
I'm sure I could write a book about this but I don't want to because I'm embarrassed to admit I was addicted for a while.
Truthfully, being busy and stressed creates a self- righteous air of "I must be important. My life is so full"
In reality, the Bible says a busy, showy life is an empty life...but a plain and simple life is a full life. Proverbs 13:7.
And like all good addictions....the addiction to chaos eventually robs you of joy and ultimately, FREEDOM.
But the good news is addictions can be broken!
To break free you first have to determine there is a better way to live and a reason to break free...maybe many reasons.
For me it began with one: I realized I had been absent from engaging with my family. It was easier to be busy with work than to be present and work through emotional stuff.
I took a look at my life and thought: "what are you doing, Mary???" I literally thought about where I was investing the best of me and if it was in those who meant the most to me, those who had been entrusted to me...
Then I took an honest look inside and didn't like what I saw there either: bitterness, dreams abandoned and scattered all over, negativity, DISCONTENT, and I realized I was trapped.
See, that's the thing with addiction: it doesn't warn you, it sneaks up on you, it disguises itself as something good and fulfilling. It even promises FREEDOM!
But in the end it owns you and it crushes you, and it steals your dreams and freedom.
Don't be fooled into thinking addictions only come in forms of outward substances...
Are you addicted to chaos? Are you addicted to busyness? Are you addicted to striving? Are you addicted to your accomplishments or self- importance?
How can I pray for you? Direct message me and I will!! ...
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