‘Angry Birds’ and ‘Call of Duty’ life lessons.

Posted: January 25, 2012 in Business and career, Leadership, Life, Me and God, Me and people, The Bible

Yes!, yes!!! Believe it or not, there may be sublime and profound life lessons we can learn from those annoying-sounding-little creatures and the ever-famous spec ops video game.

Let’s start with Free Birds. I have played it a little bit -I am not even close to being the expert that my kids have attained to be. They have been playing for a while. They have learned to advance to the next level with a little bit of practice here and there. Recently, they asked me to play with them and… well, I wasn’t sure I would be up to the task. So, what did I do? I went to the source. I quickly found the tutorials from the software developer that show the how-to’s, tricks, secret-ways and ‘easter-eggs’. In not too long, I was a master of each of the screens I was playing at. My kids were impressed with my steady consistency in playing the game and thought –as usual, that I was Mr. Awesomeness in flesh. (…and by the way, I know I am not; but don’t tell them)

And what about ‘Call Of Duty’? Honestly, I haven’t played it –at all. All I know is that so many of the people I work with are fanatics of this game (and its different versions: Black Ops, Modern Warfare etc). If you are not familiar with this video game, in an nutshell, it is about you being a soldier who is given a set of instructions to fulfill a mission (or missions) you can either accomplish the mission and go to the next level, or fail and get stuck. Along with it a set of weapons, hidden clues, friendly forces who help you and a few other tools, the game is not about trying to be or proving you are a soldier –because you are one, period. There is nothing in the game that will make you stop being one (until you die). The key to be successful in the game I would suggest, is to follow the instructions –and even a smarter key, as with Angry Birds, is to follow the software developer’s how-to’s, tricks and secret-ways, and you can be, like with my kids, an impressive steady and consistent winner.

What about the life lessons? Here they are:

  • Trust the Instructions: In life like in these video games, you may be able to get some things done via trial and error. However, the best and most effective way to make the best of it, is to follow carefully the instructions of the ‘software developer’, the creator. God. We live in a physical world but there is a spiritual world more real than what we see and –much like the AB and COD developers instructions, or the Matrix communications controllers delivering instructions to Neo (Keanu Reeves) as he walked through the “dream world’ unknown to him, the better we follow God’s instructions on earth the better the outcome will be. He made this thing, he sees what we can’t -past, present and future, We can call this ability to ‘trust and follow’ God’s instructions: faith, and the ability to see things the way He does: wisdom. (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; James 1:5-8, John 17:7; Heb 11:1)
  • It is good to be trusted with a mission. More than in Call Of Duty, in real life, there is no higher honor for a soldier than to be trusted with a mission. As a mission, we can understand anything we are meant to do or to be -the most important for all Christians being: “go and make disciples…”. However, upon reading James 1, I have come to conclude that any challenge we face (problems, trials and temptations) can be missions or levels in this game of life. If we see each challenge in life as a mission, we can ‘enjoy’ them and get the best out of them. Furthermore, the more we ‘pass’ this challenges or do what we were supposed to do, the more ‘perseverance’, ‘consistency’ or steadfastness we have which will lead us to be mature in Christ. (James 1:2-4; 1:12; 1 Cor 10:13)
  • Playing alone won’t make you win, but following instructions. As I mentioned before, you don’t play COD to become or prove you are a soldier; you already are one. You are just showing how good of an instruction follower you are. In the same way, James 1 suggests that It is not the trials alone that make our faith grow, in fact, trials can crash you greatly. What trials and temptations do is to show how real your faith is, how well and how much you really trust God. What makes grow our faith –or ability to trust in God’s instructions, is to hear and hear from His Word, and the wisdom He freely gives as we ask. (James 1:3-6; James 1:18; Romans 10:17)

And that’s it. We all face temptations (from the little white lie, to the big extramarital affair opportunity), we all face trials (from being de-friended on Facebook to losing a loved one to cancer). What our sinful desires, the world, or the devil may have meant to make us sin, fall and miss out on God’s blessings, God surely will use to make us grow, bless us and bless others. The more we learn what God has to say, to instruct, to warn and to promise, the better we will be able to act when those challenges come in front of us, succeed in each small mission and most important, the master mission of all.

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