After I had to give up all sport a few years ago, I spent a while looking around for a new hobby. After a couple of years, I rediscovered something I had enjoyed as a boy – railway modeling. I love planning and creating new landscapes and layouts – surprisingly satisfying I might add.
On the day I’m writing this, I have visited a local model railway exhibition and seen an amazing array of layouts, trains, and accessories. Lots of the layouts are more impressive, detailed, intricate and time-consuming than anything I’m ever likely to come up with.
But, having met and chatted with various people, I find myself wondering if some of my fellow-enthusiasts could be letting their interest get out of proportion. Of course, this can happen with virtually anything: I have observed much the same in football clubs, golf clubs and other establishments I have been part of.
I’m currently reading a book called ‘Counterfeit gods’ by Tim Keller, which is an insightful read. At one point he writes, “What is an idol? It is anything more important to you than God” … which gets me to wondering: what are the things in your life which have become more important than they should? I hope you’ll give this some thought.