Sometimes it’s easy to get down on ourselves. We blame ourselves for our sins, for our failures. We start thinking that God can’t use us because we’re not perfect. God offers us an infinite number of “do overs.” But we need to be willing to go to him and accept that.
When I think of that I’m reminded of this shirt:
Image courtasy ShirtADay
(For those of you who didn’t grow up playing video games this is known as the Konami cheat code, which gave you 30 lives in various video games.)
It’s easy to become overwhelmed with bad news. Every day it seems like another problem crops up, or society takes another step away from following God. And perhaps that’s true. Perhaps today really is “worse” than yesterday. But let me tell you a secret…
None of that matters.
God doesn’t call us to judge non-Christians. He calls us to love them, and share our faith with him. In a way, the more problems the world has, the more opportunities we have to share His message. Now clearly a broken world is not a thing to rejoice over! But we don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves. We have a mission to accomplish.
That’s what I love about organizations like LifeChurch.tv. They saw a situation and instead of defining it as a “problem” they recognized a need. This “need” was a lot of people, who probably don’t know God, in a game called Second Life. So they bought some virtual land and built a virtual church.
But they aren’t alone, Catholic missionaries are getting into the act. And others are asking important questions.
Now as much as I love video games, I’ve never played Second Life. So I don’t know if these virtual churches are still open. But that’s not really the point.
What matters is that people recognized a need, and they acted. Instead of treating the game as a problem, they saw it as an opportunity to share a life-changing message.
I wonder what things in my life I treat as a problem, instead of an opportunity to grow?