Here’s one of our dilemmas as Christians: God made a beautiful world for us to live in. It is full of treats, attractions, and sensory delights, all of which he made to bring us pleasure. Travel, golf, cabernets, gardening, web surfing, scotch, dancing, and zip-lining are all great fun. But all of them can also turn into time wasters, money pits, addictions, and ultimately harmful distractions from developing our relationship with God.

How do you know when your love for these things is getting unhealthy? When they stoke your own self-absorbed narcissism. When you’re too busy to go to church. When there is no time in the week for reading your Bible.

When your life is too full to accept a ministry role in your congregation. When your relationships with other family members are fraying. If you are not sure if any of these things applies to you, ask someone in your family.

What to do? “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.” (1 Peter 2:2) Take inventory of the things that you know really matter.

Is God where he belongs in your life—on the throne? Is your spouse still your number-one person? Are you risking your job and income with your passions? Are you spending enough time with your children?

Grow in your ability to enjoy God’s treats without becoming worldly. How would you live if you knew you had only a week left?

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