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Playing Games with Your Heart

August 10, 2005

“Man dies after 50 hours of computer games”. The headline grabbed my attention—did you see it? Some 28 year old guy in South Korea died this week after a marathon gaming session where he only left the computer to use the restroom and take short naps. Apparently he was so in to gaming that he even quit his job to be able to spend more time playing!

They think he died from heart failure. His heart just couldn't take it. What a waste! A life for a computer game. Not much of a trade, if you ask me.

As bizarre as I found that story, it got me to thinking—how addicted am I to things in my life that others might find trivial; the Internet, or, whatever? What am I wasting my life on? For that matter, how addicted am I to the not-so-trivial? to Jesus? I hate to admit it, but sometimes I have a hard time waking up for even 15 minutes of devotional time in the morning. This guy spent FIFTY HOURS(that’s more than two whole days!) playing video games. He was so into it he didn’t eat and hardly slept. He DIED because of it. I don’t know about you, but I’d have to be pretty in to something to forget to eat. . .or sleep, for that matter.

Now I’m not saying we should quit our jobs, school or life, starve ourselves and become insomniacs in order to read the Bible and pray, but most of us (myself included) could probably afford to spend more time in the Word.

How we spend our time reveals a lot about where our priorities are. What’s your “addiction”? What would you give your life for? Where’s your heart? In the trivial? Or the truly important?

- Re: Playing Games with Your Heart from Jason Diggs, August 11, 2005

This is what makes Satan so cruely evil . . . his playing with our hearts. His deceptions "FEEL" so good we ask, "can this really be all that bad?"In a world of so much pressure, all we really desire is some relief. Some break from all the hurt. We want this now of course and there he is to provide our longing.But at what a terrible cost. One we can never repay and always end up regretting. Like this poor guy. May God help us!!!

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