We usually reserve the term addiction for the really bad stuff. Being labeled as an addict carries with it many stigmas.
But in a way, everybody suffers from addictions in one way or another. It’s just that most of our addictions are so hidden that they are hard for anyone to notice—sometimes even ourselves.
An addiction is anything that takes time, energy, or focus away from the most important things in your life. I like to think of an addiction as a thief. It takes more than it gives, even if it always promises the opposite.
We often think of things like drugs or alcohol. Addictions to substances can rob a person of resources, energy, time, and focus.
But there are also addictions to good things and good tools, such as recreations, exercise, electronics, and hobbies. Good things can rob your attention from the best things. Things the Bible doesn’t label as “sinful” can be thieves that promise you happiness and fulfillment but only leave you empty.
If you are thinking of something in your life right now that might be a thief, don’t just get rid of it or delete it. Replace it with grace. Meditate on the fullness of life that Jesus has already given to you through his forgiveness. Redirect your whole being to find its peace and purpose in one place:
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5).