October 2, 2017
On this nice warm day Jillian, Lucas, and I sat playing a video game on the couch.
We like to play this game together because Lucas can push the buttons (he thinks this is super) and Jillian narrates (this is Mommy getting creative about reading practice). Some monkey bandits approach and Lucas tosses the controller to my lap. (I get to fight the battles.)
Afterward, Jillian reads “Alena has increased!” She adds, “I like it when they level up.”
“Why?” I ask. Lucas is walking the character around again.
“Because they learn new stuff.”
“I’m about to level up,” laughs Christina from the kitchen table. (How is she following our conversation when she’s nose deep in chemistry?)
“In your game?” Jillian asks. (Everyone has a saved game for this game; it’s a family competition.)
“No,” Christina laughs, “in real life. I’m about to enter level 14.”
“Oh,” Jillian says thoughtfully. She grins like Davy Crockett and starts bouncing (she does this when she figures something out), “you mean your birthday! I love birthdays! So I really love leveling up in real life.”
This made me smile.
It also made me think:
Our lives are quite like a game. We go through “stages” in life that change as we grow. Sometimes entering a new “level” is challenging, and we need help to get through this trying time (aka handing the controller off to mom). Sometimes we are perfectly happy with the level we are at and don’t want it to change (Why can’t we stay in this land?). Just like our goal in games is to “level up” by moving into new territory with new challenges, our goal in life is to “level up” by continuously learning, growing, and moving beyond complacency.
This also means we enjoy the journey as we go. (Who would play a video game they didn’t enjoy?) We find something fun in any situation and depend on God for direction, strength, and the wisdom to meet all challenges. There’s even a guidebook!
The goal of our game is to make good choices and collect enough skills to win at the end. In life, since being with Jesus in heaven forever is our end (we already know we will win!), our life choices should be made with this goal in mind. (Being careful that what we do and say reflects Jesus is a good start!)
I never thought video games could be such good parodies of real life! Oops, I’ve got to go get a “level up” cake ready for tomorrow!
Thanks for reading!
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