Cramming for an exam the night before is usually not a good idea. It might work, but probably isn’t the best strategy. Deathbed conversions are like that.
Last year I took a look at my life to see what the biggest obstacle was to growing closer to God. The answer was busy-ness, so that’s what I gave up for Lent (or at least attempted to). Like most of my “good” (i.e. fruitful) Lents, it’s carried over to the rest of my life since then, but of course not perfectly.
You become the five people you spend the most time with. Is that who you want to become? That’s the question I posed to a group of Ugandan young adults in Kampala. As I looked at the crowd, the answer was clear: they saw a disconnect between who they spent their time with and who they wanted to become.
Imagine at the end of the video game, if the designer asked, “Did you enjoy it? Did you enjoy your story?” especially if they’re a friend of yours and made it just for you, they knew you so well they tailored it exactly to your needs. How much joy it would give you to do a good job at the thing they made just for you. That’s God for us, for our lives. “Good game, congratulations” is the nerd way of saying “well done, good and faithful servant, now come enter into your master’s joy.”
We’ve all heard before the importance of building on common ground when disagreeing with someone. But oftentimes, it’s just left as vague advice, no practical ways of doing it. So how do you actually build on common ground?
It started off ordinarily enough, as Thursdays go. Team brunch in the late morning, meeting with a student for lunch (but still full from brunch, so I didn’t eat), then spiritual direction, Holy Hour, Mass, Qdoba Thursday, and finally Bible study. At least, that was the plan.
Have you ever been really motivated to do something, and then a few days or hours later it’s so much harder? That’s because your willpower is a finite resource. Like the video game Fable said, “Hero, your will energy is low, watch that.”
Let’s say you meet someone who’s really into model trains, or collecting stamps, or some hobby you don’t share with them. As they talk about their interest, you can see their eyes light up. You can tell they really enjoy it, that it gives them joy. Excitedly, they show off their intricate landscapes they made for their trains and they tell you all about it, or their massive collective of stamps where they point out the rarer ones to you.
Like most things that end terribly, it started off well.
If life is a video game, some people are playing on Easy and others are playing it on Legendary. All the more reason to not compare externals with other, cuz you don’t know what difficulty they’re on. But guess what? God knows, and He sees it. “To whom much is given, much is expected” (Luke 12:48), so play well.