You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.
- Paul (1 Cor. 12:2)
This chapter of Corinthians is focused on spiritual gifts. However, this verse in particular, though written as an introduction, jumped out at a brutha. Besides the sarcasm (the pointed description of "mute" idols, heh heh), it struck a chord. See, Paul pointed out that somehow or other, people are influenced and/or led toward becoming infatuated with an idol.... and mute ones at that! What possible sense does that make? Worshipping some item... crafted by the hand of man no less... that can't even speak! Why?
It's easy to get influenced, especially if we already have a proclivity towards a certain area. In this day an age, with technology growing at an insane clip, there is always something new to dig our hands into. Not to mention no shortage of product evangelizers. It's no thing to try things out. It is a thing, however, when we get addicted. When we start paying more attention to some piece of technology, some tv show, or the latest threads than to our own well-being, we begin to develop idols in our lives. If we aren't careful, those idols, those lifeless things, will begin to run our lives, reigning as master. Pretty soon we may begin to neglect our very health or those relationships that mean the most to us. And that... is jacked.
Did you know, work can be your idol? If it's all consuming and all you do is eat, breathe, and sleep your work, that could be an issue my friend! Life isn't about work and work alone. It's hard to keep that perspective though since society is structured such that many large incentives are placed around the idea of work. The supposed key to our livelihoods and standard of living are perceived to be intimately connected with work. So it makes sense then to pour all we have into work. But as is the case with all things, balance is key. What does it profit a man that he gain the whole world but lose his very soul?
Let's keep the idols in check and pay careful attention to what we allow to influence us and lead us. We are not meant to be slaves to things of our creation. Keep first things first, invest in people and your relationships. But most of all, get to know Pops above. Homie's got this insane way of helping a brutha maintain perspective ;-D