In this modern world 'good parents' monitor the time their kids play video games, and the content of those games. Video games can be a sensory overload for young impressionable minds.
After all, staring at a screen for hours clicking on buttons living a virtual existence stimulated by role playing, and first person shooter games while never interacting with a real person is not healthy, wealthy, or wise.
And let me add my 2 cents. "Hey video playing KID, turn off your Xbox/Playstation/Nintendo game thingy, get outside breath some air, talk to real people. build something, read a book, do something, ANYTHING that does not involve electronic brain manipulation."
Kids these days.
Then I settle in after busy busy day. I'm tired per usual and plop down in my comfy chair and with one hand I turn on my HD TV to watch the evening (all bad all the time) news, followed by 3 hours of channel surfing (200 channels of sameness).
I then order pizza delivery from my smartphone with my other hand while tweeting with my 'peeps'.
By my side I have my laptop to browse for any nook or cranny of info my overloaded brain may have missed with my smartphone and HD TV.
-gasp- My life is becoming like the 1982 movie TRON! where a computer hacker is abducted into the digital world with little chance of escape. My captors are all the above electronic feeds into my life where I prepare to be assymilated.
Then I hear tapping on my window, and the above mentioned kid shouts to me..
"Hey OLD MAN, turn off your TV, smartphone, and laptop too. Go outside make some friends that are not on Facebook, and stop tweeting. Build something, read a book, do something, ANYTHING that does not involve electronic brain manipulation".
I hate that kid.. and I reply to him.. "GET OFF MY LAWN."
But then in my Bible Paul shares words of truth and gentle conviction for me, maybe you, and certainly that video playing kid that is still on my lawn.
whatever is true, .. noble, .. right, .. pure, .. lovely, .. admirable, AND if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—I will think about such things. Phil 4:8.
So Lord I pray not be sucked in by the 24/7 gloom & doom, fake & baked news vortex to sin. I thank you instead for my very REAL family, friends, FAITH, and a church home that desires to serve you.
May God bless each of you with your faith journey and that you avoid a life found in a reboot of Tron.
I even thank you for that smart mouthed kid who is still on my lawn. - Amen -
Jeff (not Tron) Larson
sad confession: I like video games too. Insert PRAYER INTERVENTION here?
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson