Did you know you can become addicted to your own brain chemicals?
Some researchers believe that physical addiction to things such as gambling, romance, and shopping can produce the same euphoria as alcohol or heroin. Apparently these addictive behaviors produce beta-endorphins in the brain which give a person a high that turns a hum-drum life into a blissful affair. http://www.indiana.edu/~engs/hints/addictiveb.html
That might explain my fascination with Exotic Banana macarons. I am obsessed with them. I compulsively buy enough for the week, devour one every day like a hungry urchin, and then bask in feelings of bliss. And when the patisserie switches flavors, I get depressed.
I read the list of addictive behaviors: they include obsession, compulsively engaging in — (fill in the blank), denial problems, withdrawal symptoms, and depression.
I’m hooked by my Exotic Banana macaron experience!
While I admit this is a silly example, and there are certainly serious addictions that take over one’s life, it does reveal how easy it is to become addicted.
That’s because we were created to worship something or someone bigger than ourselves. It’s comical and pitiful that I would settle for a cookie! As C.S. Lewis said, “We are too easily pleased.”
According to the Scriptures, it is God who made us and in worshipping Him we find our satisfaction. But sin has distorted that inclination so now we succumb to bowing down to created things like chocolate or cocaine.
“…they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever!” – Romans 1:25
And because we are powerless to straighten ourselves out, God has given us the solution in His Son, Yeshua (Jesus). He lived a perfect life of worship in our place. He also died on the cross to pay the penalty for our idolatry to everything but Him.
God knows what our hearts crave to make us happy. He knows the ultimate pleasure we seek is in knowing Him—even if we haven’t figured that out yet…
“You make known to me the path of life; In your presence there is fullness of joy; At your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalm 16:11
Are you ready to exchange the shards of this world for true intoxication?
Talk to me.