“When we give our lives over to idols, we hand them the keys to our hearts. We become ‘possessed’ by them, driven to use them, please them, and find our satisfaction in them. We become the tools of our tools; rather than owning our gadgets, we become owned by them. We begin to structure our lives around them, and our actions and choices are motivated by our need and desire for them blessings and benefits that idol provides for us.
“Idols hide from us to avoid direct confrontation. And one of the ways they hide is by convincing us that they are actually good things in our lives. What makes this such an effective strategy is that many of the things that become idols in our hearts really are good gifts from God. But somehow they have become twisted and perverted into something evil.”
~ Tim Challies, The Next Story (Chapter 1, pg. 29)