A couple of years ago, a friend and I were chatting about how far some fans were in their obsession with certain celebrities. We had just a short chat on the subject, and I gleaned a few bits of information concerning what I thought about the subject.
Fast forward a few years, up to sometime last week, and a couple other friends and I were discussing the newest “rage”; Pokemon Go. One of them mentioned how, at times, she just couldn’t believe how infatuated most of the fans of the game were showing themselves to be. It didn’t compute how some people could be so obsessed by different people, ideas, or things. This reminded me of the previous conversation, and the thoughts I came away with. They are listed below. Enjoy ❤
- People in this life can get obsessive towards people/objects
The term “fan girl” or “fanboy” is given to those who have an obsession with a person, place, or thing. People who basically live, breathe, and eat for this object. But one doesn’t have to go this far to be controlled by this object. If this object keeps grabbing your attention, if you spend your free time predominantly gathering information about, playing, or talking about this object, I would say it’s gone too far. Your life is being controlled by something it shouldn’t be.
- Most Christians I know don’t cross over into “fangirlism”
I’m not saying they don’t have strong interests, or that they aren’t controlled at times by something other than their relationship with Christ. Or even that Christians aren’t susceptible to becoming obsessed with something. But I am saying, from my personal experience, that the likelihood of a Christian succumbing to letting their life being controlled at all times by something other than Christ seems to be happening less and less as their relationship with Christ grows.
- I believe God created us with a void that leads us to want it to be filled.
It’s not a coincidence that all of us want to latch onto something and are apt to let it control our lives. I believe that’s because we were all created with that empty space already in place. When you have an empty space, it doesn’t last too long before being filled. The choice is yours, to fill it how you want. With the world, focusing on a person, place or thing, or with God, and a relationship with Him.
- I believe that space was created to be filled by God, and a relationship with him.
There’s a reason God gifted us that space- He wants us to fill it with a relationship with Him. He wants to be at the center of our lives, weaving throughout our daily life, forming us into a representation of Him and for us to give Him glory. God doesn’t force us to fill that space with Him. But we need to recognize that we need Him. We also need to follow through with asking Him to fully enter our lives. We can do this by reading His word and hiding it in our hearts.
David is a good example of a believer who recognized his yearning was for Christ.
“O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,”
“I stretch out my hands to You;
My soul longs for You, as a parched land.”
“As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for You, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;”
My soul languishes for Your salvation;
I wait for Your word.
God offers to make us full in Him. He tells us that He can end our yearning to fill our empty space. This offer never ends; It is offered to everybody, and Jesus promises we will never thirst again.
John 4:13-14 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
- In conclusion…
What does this all lead to? Well, basically, the conclusion that all humans are created with a void in their life that yearns to be filled. Believers fill it with Christ and a growing relationship with Him, and non-believers fill it with something else- games, books, movies, celebrities, etc.
What should you with this information? I would suggest examining your heart/life.
What leads you everyday?
What do you lean to to fill that void, satisfy that craving?
What’s the common theme in your thoughts?
Does any of your interests take precedence over your relationship with Christ?