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Acedia vs. the With God Life
There is an ancient Greek vice that creeps up on us without us even noticing most of the time. The Greeks called it acedia. Literally it means to not care. Ultimately, acedia is a failure to love. It’s an apathy toward life. We often use the phrase “going through the motions.” That is a form of acedia.
Sometimes, our spiritual lives get attacked by acedia. The author Kathleen Norris describes acedia as “restless boredom, frantic escapism, commitment phobia, and enervating despair.” Does that sound like life for so many people today? We belong to the most affluent society there has ever been on earth. So much of our entertainment is distraction from boredom. We want to escape into a story. Or we escape into social media or video games. There is nothing inherently wrong with any of those forms of entertainment. However, they can distract us from a life with God. They can cause us to disengage from the world, disengage from our family, and disengage with our soul. Life with God is one of engagement, fruit, and love. Pursue the life God has for you, which is the With God Life, and not the acedia of the world.