...is Philip an addict?
I guess at some point in my life I was addicted to just about everything a person can get addicted to... let's see... movies? I guess so. When "On the Waterfront" was released in 1954, I went to the movie theater in Hackensack, N.J. ten (10) times to watch it.... the good news was that I used to get free passes to the movies... that's a whole other story! :)
I loved movies... I could transport myself from my mundane, boring life and live vicariously as some sort of make believe hero on the silver screen. I did find other things that worked to accomplish that as well... alcohol was a biggie... party time! ...I was an alcoholic in my mid twenties.... then sex did a pretty good transporting job.... success always worked... making money was a nice one... that helped to pay for some of the other transporters... we had legal over the counter amphetamines back in those days... we could buy them like aspirin... for next to nothing... I was an addict in every conceivable way... sports?.... are you kidding me?.... work? nothing quite like a workaholic...
Transported myself with whatever gave me the adrenaline rush at the moment...in my saying this of course I realize that no one else does those things... :)
Just grateful that I met the Lord in the middle of all that stuff and discovered the way out of it.... well... for a little while at least... but the enemy is very clever.... and I moved right along into my next addiction.... religion. Religious addiction is actually the worst kind... and it's the toughest to get free from... ask me how I know that.... :)
I'm free from it... and it took the same thing to get free from my addiction to religion... as it did for me to get free from all those other addictions I had.... a person.... Jesus... He is the only thing I am addicted to....
Much more to say of course... :)
Maybe next time.