It’s really no surprise, but I recently learned that folks who watch excessive amounts of television die on the average of four to five years sooner that their peers who don’t watch a lot. That’s one more reason to repeat my warning about television and computer addiction. Here’s my story.

I live with two former, very sneaky thieves. I was introduced to the oldest one years ago. The first time I heard him tell some of his great stories I was hooked. So I invited him to come live with me. After that I spent every moment I could in his presence, being entertained, inspired and informed about everything imaginable. He kept my attention from morning until late at night.

Then one day I realized he was really a sneaky thief. This character had stolen my time with God, my family, and my ministry. He had even polluted my mind. But as long as he lived with me I could not resist him. I was his slave. So I moved him to the spare room and told him to shut his mouth and keep it shut.

A while later I was introduced to the second thief. His talents were even more awesome. He invited me to be his partner, and he taught me how to create wonderful things, stay informed about happenings, people and facts, and play really cool games. The world was at my fingertips and I was hooked. But again, this thief stole almost everything of value in my life: my health, my mind and my spirit. I was his slave. So I moved him to a remote place and told him to keep his mouth shut until I told him otherwise.

Then I came to God, repented and begged for deliverance. It took a long time, but He delivered me from my slavery and helped me get back on track. Now, instead of letting T.V. and P.C. be my masters, I tell them when to speak and when to be quiet. And we have become great friends.

“B-u-u-u-t!” some of you are going to lament. My job requires it. Yes, and an even greater reason to make sure you don’t get addicted to it. Our Lord will be pleased. “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works and that my soul knows very well.”( Psalm 139:14 Read the whole chapter. You will be glad you did.)

— Rebecca Somoskey