What are the activities that are taking your time away from following Jesus, from making your God-given dreams a reality?
Until last week, I haven’t played a video game in a long, long time. As a hardcore gamer, that’s a huge thing for me. But last week, I relapsed and I started playing a mobile game.
I have been playing an hour a day since last week. But yesterday, I played for two and a half hours.
My dream for this year is to write a book. I told myself I would start last week, but then, I got addicted to the video game.
At work, I can write 300 to 500 words per hour. That means for every day that I play a video game, that’s 300 to 500 words of the book that I wasn’t able to write. If I continue playing this mobile game for 90 days, that would be equivalent to 27,000 to 45,000 words, which is the length of a short book.
Today, the Gospel reading teaches us that, in order to follow Jesus, we need to deny ourselves and take up our cross daily.
“Then [Jesus] said to all, ‘If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’” — Luke 9:23
The book that I wish to write this year will contain the lessons I have learned so far in my journey of knowing God more. Writing this book is not only my dream, but my way of following Jesus. Since it’s purpose is also to bring God closer to His people, especially to our Catholic brothers and sisters who are feeling lost in their faith, I also consider this book as my mission for this year.
If I truly want to make this dream a reality, if I truly want to serve others, if I truly want to follow Jesus completely, I have to deny myself of playing video games and other activities that waste my time.
How about you? What are the activities that are taking your time away from following Jesus, from making your God-given dreams a reality?
P.S. I also love today’s first reading:
“Moses said to the people: ‘I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him.’” — Deuteronomy 30:19-20
God has given us a choice today. Will we waste our time with the things of this world or will we follow Him?