Man in the Mirror Chapter 1, Questions 4 and 5
Posted by gshstudy on August 10, 2006
4) It appears that many men have been lulled into mental and spiritual complacency. How has consumerism and the media impacted your own values and the way you spend your time and money?
Prior to last October, consumerism and the media had a far bigger impact on me then they do now. I was more interested in getting the next upgrade to my computer or the latest tech gadget I saw on TV. However, now I am more comitted to focusing on God’s glory. It doesn’t mean there aren’t still things that I want or that the latest tech gadgets aren’t cool, I just have other things that are more important and I desire to spend my time and energy on those.
5) Madison Avenue works hard to define for us who and what we are, usually in terms of the beautiful, wrinkle-free life. What practical steps can you take to unloose yourself from its influence?
Part of it for me is focusing on my writing. On a typical night, I find myself glancing at the clock and I am surprised to notice it is 2am. I just get completely lost in it. And it doesn’t matter if it a short story, poetry, brainstorming ideas or just emailing for information for a news story.
Writing is a blessing from God that lets me give something back.
Other steps that I take are focusing on Gods Word and on Prayer. Both of these are uplifting and help keep me stay focused on what is important. They are both similar in feel to chatting with an old friend and yet I gain something new from every discussion that helps me grow.