Gaming With God: The Game Of Life

I love playing video games, and I’m sure my readers know this about me by now 🙂 I think one of the most alluring reasons people enjoy them is being able to be in the shoes of the main character. There are many more aspects of the game itself of course, but if the protagonist isn’t interesting or appealing, the game won’t leave as great a legacy as others.

Freedom And Choices

When I think about the greatest games of all time, I first imagine the character. Sonic, Link, Mario, Master Chief, Cloud, Lara Croft, Kirby, Pac Man and many more (most of the roster on Smash Bros. consists of these legends). That’s why I play them and that’s why they are still releasing games till this day for most of these franchises. Whether it’s their gender, sense of adventure, attitude, or emotions, I want to get into their shoes and experience the journey with them.07650350dc6501a3ce08aec2724db10d

I want to be them every time I turn on my console. I look forward to interacting with their world, and living in an imaginary world that seems real (especially nowadays!).

Even though I have my own life to live, sometimes I feel that it isn’t very interesting…I mean, there’s only so many times you can go grocery shopping, clock in at work, do the dishes, cook, watch Netflix or go to the gym over the years that you want something more. Aside from traveling (which isn’t cheap) I can at least engage in virtual worlds and play with other around the world, which isn’t that expensive.

Living in America, I have all the freedom I want, yet I serve the True and Living God who has certain commandments that I am to follow so I can be blessed, and obey Him. Often times, we think serving God takes away our freedom, when in fact He wants us to live a successful and amazing life, but He wants us to stay away from decisions that will damage us.

Deuteronomy 30:19

19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, you shall choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants,

The Game Of Life

Our lives are made up of the decisions we make, I once heard a pastor tell the congregation. If I stop for a moment and think about where I am in life, it’s because of what I chose to do, not what other people made me do. I chose the wife I’m married to, the house we live in, the job I work at, my career, friends, church and even where my money goes. The clothes I’m wearing and the video games I play were chosen by yours truly, and whatever happens after that will be on me.

smb3-01Going back to video games, there are often levels (especially platform games, where it’s a linear or 2D experience) that you beat, then grow stronger for the next one. If you start at the last level with only the supplies you have in the first level, your going to lose for sure! It takes time to get ready for that final boss.

I wasn’t ready for college when I was in elementary, just as I was not ready to be responsible for a two story home when I was still struggling to pay a few bills while living with my mom. In life, we have to go through stages or levels, face bosses (obstacles, challenges, tests, difficult people, etc) and when we overcome them, we come out stronger.

Take a moment to think about all the stages you’ve conquered in the game of life, and you will grateful to God for where you are now. Whatever stage your in right now, get ready because there’s a boss waiting for you. They might look like a final exam, an interview, a date (or proposal!), confrontations or moving to a new place. Regardless, know that God is with you by your side, He loves you, trust Him to give you the wisdom and discernment for what step to take.

James 1:5-6 Amplified Bible (AMP)

5 If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. 6 But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help], for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind.

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