Have you ever heard of Air1? It's my favorite radio station. It's alternative Christian music, meaning it's not the kind of Christian music that starts sounding the same after you've heard two songs. On Air1, there is a DJ called Brant Hansen. What I'm about to tell you is inspired by something he said - I must give credit where credit is due.
"You can't replace something you love with nothing."
This particular quote has been running through my mind, over and over and over again. There's this infatuation in my life that's been going on for far too long - you might have noticed, judging from all sappy poetry and prose I've been posting, lately. Now, the fact that I have feelings for this person isn't wrong. Actually, his influence on my life has made me a stronger, more confident person. It was when he became an idol that I knew something had to change.
If there is something in your life that is distracting you from God and the plans He's set out for you, it's an idol. I was spending more time trying to get said person's attention than I was putting into my relationship with God. This person I was infatuated with was an idol. And idols need to go.
So I decided I would work on getting the idolatry out of my life. But here's the problem: I didn't replace the idol with anything. I didn't find anything else to pour my heart into. If you have a bunch of pent-up emotions and passions but nothing to concentrate them on, then odds are, you're going to end up going right back to whatever it is that you're trying to give up, in the first place. At least, that happened to me, and I've seen it happen to numerous friends.
You can't replace something you love with nothing.
This past week-and-a-half or so, I've been working on replacing my infatuation for Unnamed Cutie with an infatuation for God. If I want to uproot the idol of U. C. from my life (I'm not removing him from my life, just my obsession with him), then I've got to have something else to focus on. And that's God. God is always the best obsession.
Maybe your obsession isn't a person. The rules are the same. If you give it up, you've got to put something else in its place. And I'd like to argue that God is the only thing good enough to fill up the space the obsession left behind.
You can't replace something you love with nothing. Thank-you, Brant.