Happily Addicted to Love

I’ve not researched it personally, but I am informed by people who should know this stuff that the word addiction, comes from the French, attaché, to attach to, as, for example, when a lower government official is attached to, assigned to, the attaché for, an ambassador. So, if “addiction” can mean an attachment, 100% of us are addicted to something. Of course, that is not how we use the word “addiction” in common vernacular. Instead, we normally refer to an over-attachment to something destructive, and an over-attachment that we find impossible to break without help. Hence, we speak of addictions to drugs, alcohol, nicotine, over-eating, a distorted self-image that results in bulimia or anorexia, pornography, or exploitive sexual behavior.

We can also be overly attached to positive things. Every good musician is certainly an attaché to music, which is what drives her to practice hours each day. Still, we would likely all agree that that the musician’s life is out of balance if music is all she does. If she has no relationships, no interests, no passions outside of music, we might enjoy her concert but feel sorry for the person. So, it seems that even positive habits and foci can become harmful addictions. In fact, it would seem that almost anything that is allowed to crowd out everything else may become harmful, or at least counterproductive to a full actualized life. Sports, exercise, reading the news, surfing the web, social media, television, excessive focus on self-image, and fine dining are just a few of the things that can become excessive and therefore fall under the label of “addiction.”

But, if we follow the commonsensical adage of “all things in moderation,” we wind up being lukewarm, spiritually wishy-washy. That is because there is one thing, and one thing only, that does not fit the attaché category. That one thing is Divine Love.

Because God is love, God created us with an innate, internal, deeply embedded, core hunger for love. We commonly seek to fill the gap with, in addition to all the things listed above, prestige, success, possessions, money, achievement, learning, peer-acceptance, pleasure, relationships, or charitable work. Still, we remain unsatisfied because only Perfect Love can fill the void and satisfy the heart.

And, Perfect Love is named Jesus. You cannot be too attached to Jesus.

About Dr. Larry Taylor

Radical Anabaptist, Jesus Freak, Red Letter Christian, sailor, thinker, spiritual director, life coach, pastor, teacher, chaplain, counselor, writer, husband, father, grandfather, dog-sitter

Posted on March 16, 2018, in Christianity. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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