Amusing ourselves to death

We live in a culture that is constantly trying to distract us from what really matters in life, namely Christ and the glorification of his name in all we do. There is no room anymore for thought and meditation on God’s word. Burk Parsons, editor of Tabletalk magazine, said in the January 2013 issue, “We stand at a crossroads, and we will either rediscover the lost virtues of listening, meditating, and thinking, or we will amuse ourselves to death.” One who does not designate time each day for meditation on scripture and prayer to God is slowly dying. The distractions slowly pull the noose around our spirituality, weakening our faith. We as young people need to start designating time now for meditation and prayer, because it isn’t going to get easier as we get older.


2 thoughts on “Amusing ourselves to death

  1. So true. ‘Slowly dying’ is an accurate way to portray this, and it can apply to the individual as well as a society. The television was a huge contributor to this, but is now being supplanted by the Internet. It’s entirely too easy to be distracted, and it takes a conscious effort to set aside time for meditation and prayer (and, I would add, reading good spiritual material). We need to be constantly asking ourselves, ‘Are we being good stewards of our time?’ BEFORE we turn on the TV or begin another hour+ on Facebook or the rest of the Internet.

    “Ephesians 5:15-19 – See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”


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