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November 2016

Caffeine Addiction

By Alick Mvula

Isn’t it funny how many people look down on those who are addicted to alcohol, drugs, or money, yet they themselves have addiction for others things like their phones, the internet, or video games.

There is a discriminatory mindset that we often have when we talk about people who have an addiction. We do not want to spend time with such kind of people; we try our best to distance ourselves from them. Maybe we think they might harm us? Maybe they look dangerous to us? Regardless of the reason we might shun people with an addiction, you can see the desire not to have relationships with such people.

Many of us are addicted to something in one way or another, we all need help. Young adults today all over the world are glued to their phones, one of the most addictive gadgets by far. You can do almost anything with a phone, music, movies, social media, pictures, you name it. But this convenience this has made us so attached, so addicted, that we forget to execute our daily activities. We deny that are addicted but we cannot go an hour without looking down at our phones.

Most of us have our own caffeine that we need to let go of.

Anything that we become addicted to, whether it is video games, food, or our phones, has the potential to be harmful. I liken these addictions to caffeine. Most of us have our own caffeine which we need to let go of. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with playing video games or Facebook or any sort of entertainment that we like, just like there isn’t anything inherently wrong with a cup of coffee or tea. But it becomes a problem when we allow such entertainment to govern us, when it’s the first thing we think about when we wake up.

We need prayer, counseling, conversation with friends, something that can help us come out of this hole. Many times cannot see that we are addicted because it has become a normal system to us. We go to the extent of doing some of this habits in church, during sermons, when our parent(s)/guardian are speaking with us, when crossing the road, in the bathroom, during lessons in class, meetings etc. This is when you should know you are addicted.

“I have the right to do anything,” you say-but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”- but I will not be mastered by anything. - 1 Corinthians 6:12

Just as an alcoholic is a victim, we are victims in a different pattern. We all need a helping hand, so let us not discriminate against people because of their addiction. Let us find time to sit down and talk to them, hear them out, and share with each other.

When we do this it will be easier for us to bring out our addictions as well.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are some of the addictive habits you need to let go of?
  2. How do you keep away from addictive habits.
  3. What are some past addictive habits you experienced in your life?
Young Adult devotions by Alick Mvula.