There are few concepts that can strike terror, despair, and a serious case of fidgeting in children than boredom. They avoid it like the plague, searching desperately for anything they can do that will be “fun” and stop the horrible cloud of boredom from descending on them. In our world, it’s easier than ever for them to get their fix. From internet games to TV shows to MP3 players, entertainment is never more than an arm’s length away, and kids never need to stop having fun.
And, unfortunately, many of them decide not to. As they grow into their teenage years, their desire to be constantly entertained doesn’t go away, and they see no reason to stop feeding it. In a time when personalities and habits are formed tightly, an age when young people set off on the path that they will take in life, this addiction to fun is deadly. Responsibility takes a back seat to pleasure, and the older we get the more serious the side-effects are. We shove work and obligations by the way side, complete jobs sloppily if at all, and our self-fulfilling lifestyle begins to seep into the way that we interact with others. Before we know it, we aren’t comfortable unless we’re in front of a screen, not happy unless all input is dedicated to keeping us that way, and not interested in interacting with others unless they’re interested in entertaining us.
I’ve noticed an alarming trend toward this lifestyle in myself recently, and I know from experience that the only way to take care of it is to act now, and act decisively. On that note, I’d like to challenge all of you to take part in an entertainment detox with me. Let’s step away from the movies, videos, TV shows, video games, and music for a week and focus on the things that matter – character, responsibility, and Christ-like love. It’s going to be hard because it’s going to be completely different from the way our culture does life, but by the time it’s over we’ll have gained a new perspective on the value of time and the importance of priorities. I don’t want to spend another day wasting my potential – are you with me?