Faith · Life

I surrender!

cute baby animals - Acting Like Animals: I Give Up!
In my search for positive, uplifting, or at least cheery places on the Internet, I forgot about dailysquee.com, from the Cheezburger Network. Pictures of cute animals seldom fail to bring a smile to my face, which isn’t a quality many other sites I visit have in common.

For instance, I sometimes read a blog written by a man who shares interests far different from mine. He’s a fairly good writer (especially by common Internet standards), and he’s intelligent and resourceful. However, his passion about his interests tend to lead into profanity-filled rants. And sometimes links to pornography sites. (Which I don’t follow.)

Other places I’ve visited, even very recently, include a bleak comic about Hell, another in which the main character and his friends range in alignment from self-centered jerk to demon-worshiping maniac, and also several in which choices made by people that strike others as…odd…are mocked.

I’m not about to jump on anyone for liking, visiting, or running those sites or anything like them.  I’m writing this because I no longer want to read them, because a) I get sucked in and lose track of time I could use for other, better things, and b) I don’t think they’re enriching me. I am not condemning anyone, as in Matthew 7:1-5 —

1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Not everything has to enrich one’s life, you might say? Do you have another life stashed somewhere you’ll get to later, and that one will be filled with enrichment, improvement and grace?

No?

I don’t either.

So I’m going to stop getting sucked in, and focus on other things in the time I have.

I surrender.

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