I'm a self-professed FarmVille addict. But why? It's not as if I have nothing more valuable to do with my time. It's not because it's challenging in any way. Sure, I get to be a little creative, but come on - there are far more constructive ways to be creative.
FarmVille is mindless relaxation. It's quiet (because I've turned off the farm sounds) distraction from my everyday preoccupations.
Philippians 4:8 tells us to 'think on the good things...' -and we apparently need to be told to do this, because we humans normally tend to find it easier to dwell on the negative or the troublesome. Dwelling on the negative only gives the negative forces in our lives more power. God wants us to think on the things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report. An old gospel song says, 'I'm gonna think on the good things, cuz what I think is what I'm gonna be.'
How much more power would I draw into my life if I allowed my mind to escape into the things of God rather than the things or escape routes of man? Sure, FarmVille is harmless -unless I allow this addiction to steal me away from the things I need to be doing. If I'm playing around on FarmVille so much that it's now time to leave the house and I haven't even opened the Word of God or taken a few minutes to pray - I go out into the world weaker than God knows I need to be to face my day.
All work and no play makes Helen a dull girl - so I'll probably continue to play around on FarmVille - but I need to check my priorities.