(Continued from What is the #1 Addiction?)
Attention from the opposite sex.
If you think this sounds like a natural, normal desire, you're right. It is 100% normal to want attention from the opposite sex, in fact I would be worried if you didn't want some sort of attention from them. However, as with most things, the desire becomes sin when it is placed above your desire for God, and from my study and experience as a teenage girl, I know that this can become quite an idol for most of us.
Let's start small. Think of that innocent 6th grade girl you know. She's very cute, kind of shy, but oh so boy crazy! She may not talk much at school, but around her friends and family all she can mention is the cute boys at school. The family giggles and thinks it's adorable, and her friends encourage her to pursue these young men. In fact, from the girl's point of view you would learn to think that liking several different guys at once was a wonderful thing! Everyone thinks it's adorable, so why try and control it?
A few months go by and her family starts to get concerned. "Sweetie, you can't date both of them. You should either pick one or the other," says her Dad. Her friends seem to be getting a little jealous lately, and she's noticed they don't come around near as often. Confused, emotional, and a little stressed, she continues doing what she has always been told was right. She follows her feelings.
Uh-oh. What happens when she still has feelings for both guys? On top of that, there are still a few other nice guys in the background she wonders about too. Perhaps if she could keep these two she could try out a few others as well? After all, everyone thought her 6th grade crushes were adorable! So by the 8th grade she is juggling 3 or 4 different guys, without seriously dating any of them. Because her friends have left her and parents don't approve, she keeps things secret.
her heart has had more damage than a carton of eggs at the bottom of a grocery basket. You see, what started out as innocent fun and games has led to an addiction of attention, affection, and admiration. With each flirtatious text she sends out a little piece of her special feminine beauty, letting another man in on her secrets. Not only is she giving away parts of her heart to men who will never be called her husband, but she is feeding her desire for male attention.
By the time she is in high school she has no idea how to behave as a single woman. Why? Because for the past 3 years of her life she has ALWAYS had several guys texting her phone, calling her house, and telling her how beautiful she is. Even if it wasn't always positive attention, it was attention.
"Lord, how have I strayed so far from you? What do I need to do to come back into your presence?" It was at that point she realized the addiction she had been feeding. At that point she realized these men would never really satisfy her soul, and it was at that point she submitted her desperate need for a God much bigger than all of this worldly stuff.
Perhaps you know a young woman like this. Will you stand with the rest of the world and let this happen? How can you lovingly show her a better way?
Or maybe this young girl is you currently and you're beginning to become aware of an addiction in the making. What do you need to do keep your heart and mind focused on Christ?
And finally, perhaps you are an older woman, and you are now seeing a lifelong pattern that needs to be changed. You too were fooled by the world, but you too can come clean and refreshed through the love of Jesus.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
God first. Others second. Matthew 22:37-39