My first Netflix account was a thirty day free trial. It was bliss. For one month, I was able to consume an unrestricted amount of television. I revisited old Disney movies. And after finishing three Korean dramas, I convinced myself that I was actually learning the language. My favorite feature about Netflix was that I never had to stop. At the end of an episode, my computer would casually start loading the next. At the end of a series, three more would be suggested for me.
As I immersed myself into the world of Netflix, I found myself spending the entire day in pajamas with my laptop on my bed, and only leaving my room to eat and use the bathroom. I convinced myself that I didn’t need to study for a quiz and I already knew what the book was about so I didn’t have to read it. After a week and a half, I was burnt out and miserably behind. I should have stopped watching TV, I told myself. If I had I wouldn’t be so stressed now.
There are plenty of people who have no trouble turning off mind-numbing television shows and getting to work. But probably everyone has had an instance where they lacked self-control. Remember that Lay’s Potato Chip commercials where the challenge was to eat “just one.” For a lot of us, this is our reality. Here’s a video of just one of those commercials:
Proverbs 25:28 reads, “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” Just like how Messier missed his plane because he couldn’t resist potato chips, we expose ourselves when we cannot restrain our desires. In a commercial, it is humorous. In real life, this is toxic.
My unlimited Netflix consumption only had minor consequences, but the “just one more” mentality had me considering paying for a Netflix subscription on a college student’s budget. A “just one more” mentality can lead the casual shopper to become a compulsive spender. It isn’t something to be taken lightly.
The fact is that a lack of self-control opens us up to temptation, and temptation leads to sin. Pray that God will reveal the areas where you lack self-control, and then pray about fixing those areas in your life. I will too.
Contributing Blogger Ebony Taylor