I'm about the furthest thing from a 'gamer,' but here are a few things I've observed about video games:
- The games are challenging. If Mario could take a leisurely stroll right up to the Princess without jumping over barrels or worrying about Donkey Kong, what would the point be? If you could see the end and walk right to it with no bumps along the way - it would probably be considered a pretty lame game. Would you improve your 'gaming' skills at all?
- Some games are easier if you have someone else to partner up with to help you through, give you hints or cheats, or work together to complete something. (As I hear Emily instructing Evan what to do as they try again.)
- Most games have complex levels/worlds/tasks to complete within the big game. Once you have completed one, you go on to the next and you don't go back to the one before.
- There is an end, a prize, to all of them. Whether it is a fun little song or your character dancing around, there is a sense of accomplishment when you have completed all the tasks, mastered all of the side-stories, and defeated all the enemies.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14
...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6