Minding the gap for lazy games is all about understanding stubborn thinking. Here’s a rhyme to help. I won’t push myself to do whatever it takes. A lack of effort is all I make.
My six-year-old grandson loves playing on the computer. Scary huh? I mean when it comes to games like MineCraft or Roblox his energy level is high and, if we let him, it takes no effort for him to play the whole day. But all of a sudden, when nana or papa say it’s time to stop and pick up his room – actually work – it can be like trying to move the Rock of Gibraltar. We get grunts, groans, and a grinding resistance. The Lazy Game is on! Ever been there with kids?
Well it can happen with anyone, adults too. In my book Transforming Twisted Thinking I call this a shackle of immaturity. I wish I could say I have this licked in my life but I can play the game well. Particularly, if I believe anything to be boring and no fun. This idea of giving myself to the difficult isn’t as easy as I think I’d like it to be. See, even there I’m wrestling with a lazy game.
I’m reminded how Jesus did the most difficult thing. While we were yet sinners, he died for us. Redemption, reconciliation and restoration was and is hard work. Why? Because he loved and actually likes us but he knew we couldn’t get that work done, even if we tried. He’d have to sacrifice himself.
Now that isn’t a quantum leap to go from the story about my grandson to the cross of Christ. Lazy games say I will only do a little when I’m good and ready. Minding this gap is about giving the effort no matter what! Whatever it takes is what Jesus modeled. Do you think this resonates in your world too?