Weekly Devotional Thought
A Devotional resource for all people engaged in ministry - women's or otherwise
June Week 1
I have a confession to make … I play Candy Crush. I play it a couple of times per day. I have it on my iPad and on my phone, and occasionally I will play it on the computer as well. I used to have lots of different games on my iPad but I deleted them all when I found I could waste whole evenings rotating through them all until my lives had run out. The only game to survive that cull was Candy Crush.
I am quite proud of my level which is currently 1702. I sometimes have to wait for more levels to be created so I can continue to play, and I only have two Facebook friends left who are near my current ranking. There have been a couple of times when I have gotten stuck on a level for a number of days, and I contemplate deleting the game altogether, but then I think about the hours I have racked up working my way through all the maps and I convince myself to persist.
Why is it I have persevered with playing this game when there are other, more worthwhile, activities I am willing to give up at a moments notice, at the first sign of difficulty? Exercise, healthy eating, spiritual disciplines, relationships, study, work just to name a few!
Candy Crush is a tool I use for relaxation and fun, but I notice that I can become a little obsessed if I am trying to beat that one level, or pass a friend’s score. When I recognise this competitive feeling rising in me I know it is time for me to walk away and take a considerable break. It is, after all, only a game and not of any great life altering importance. I only return to play when I feel that my perspective has settled back to a more normal rhythm.
While there is nothing wrong with playing Candy Crush, or any other game for that matter, for leisure, it is primarily about who is in control … is it me or the game? Paul says this:
“I can hear some of you saying, “For me, all things are permitted.” But face the facts: all things are not beneficial. So you say, “For me, all things are permitted.” Here’s my response: I will not allow anything to control me.” 1 Corinthians 6 verse 12 (NASB)
This reminds me that I need to carefully consider who (or what) I will allow to be the master of me, my life and my time. I am happy to surrender control to God, not the creators of Candy Crush. I pray I will always keep that perspective, especially when I am trying to beat that next level!
Major Belinda Davis