The majority of our society comes home from a long day of school or work and plops themselves on the couch, in front of a TV and computer. For endless hours, we watch TV, play video games and scroll through social media posts. This is our nightly routine. But why, as Americans, has seeking a variety of entertainment become a ritual?
We use entertainment to help us rest. While studies have shown that time spent in front of a screen keeps us wired and awake longer than other forms or activity. Yet, it’s our go-to source for relaxation and unwinding. There are so many healthier, more effective alternatives, but it would take too much effort to pursue something that wasn’t as easily accessible.
Entertainment is an escape mechanism. But what are we escaping from? Compared to the majority of the world, our life is pretty great. Honestly, we don’t have it all that bad. What are we medicating from? Our mundane life of responsibility and privilege? We’re a fairly secure country financially. Even though a natural disaster could flatten us, our country and its economy are pretty stable. We have free opportunity for education. Most of our parents have secure jobs. We have a roof over our head, we know where our next meal is coming from. What is it that leads us to need to hide by drowning ourselves in entertainment?
We use screen time as a drug to medicate our misery, but what makes us miserable? We don’t want to face the reality of life. We view reality as a dull and tedious routine. We look to the future with hopes that it will be better. We think reality is whatever we’re experiencing that prevents us from freedom and happiness. We see reality as a trap, keeping us from our full potential. Reality is far from our self-focused world. Reality has little to do with our dreary existence.
The reality that we need to face is that Jesus Christ is Lord. If we can face this reality, we will see life for what it really is – a blessing. We’ll see that we’re a part of something greater than ourselves. We play a role in a huge purpose, which means who we are and what we do is incredibly important. We’ll see that reality is about a God who created us, loves us, desires to be in a relationship with us and died for us so we could be with Him forever. He paid the price for our sins because He WANTED to. That’s reality. And we need to face it. We need to accept it. We need to realize how special and beautiful we are. We need to understand that life isn’t about us, but it’s about God.
In order to accept this reality, we must submit our life to Him entirely. Then He will satisfy our every need. We will find freedom. We will find joy. We will find love. We will find peace, and anything and everything we’ve been searching for. We must look beyond ourselves and our life and see the beauty of the Lord and seek His plans. Then and only then will we find our place in this incredible world. We can make our mundane life an adventure that calls toward change, empowers us for growth and instills within us a deep desire to be fully satisfied.