BY JAMES DAMAN
Pokémon Go is a mobile app game that was released this past month and has been downloaded millions of times. The game allows players to capture virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on the screen as though in the real world. You then train them and bring them into "gym's" to battle on your behalf. I often wish that life worked like the game does, I wish we get to watch something else experience the pain in life on our behalf and I wish we could choose everyone who comes into our life.
Unfortunately in real life, we do not get to pick who comes into our lives and oftentimes those who come into our life are difficult to deal with.
Furthermore, we don't get to pick and choose the battles we face and when we face battles in our lives we have the possibility of getting hurt, while in Pokémon Go our Pokémon are the ones that get hurt.
When we face a difficult person, we don't realize that many of them have been difficult people for so long that it has become an identity for them. Or they identify as an addict, someone who is constantly angry or unhappy, or something else that causes them to manifest as a difficult person.
The only thing I've learned from Pokémon Go is that it is not designed to teach us life lessons, it's just for fun and I do love playing it. But, if I'm seeking those answers from Pokémon Go then it's a good reminder that I certainly don't have all the answers in life. But, it did help remind me of lessons from the bible that playing Pokémon Go sparked in my life:
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Mountain top experiences. As Christians, most of us have experienced such moments whether it was a camp, retreat, revival, or church service (etc). We have all had these mountain top moments where we have felt the closest to God. Moments we often wish we never had to leave. But like most good things in life, there usually comes an end, a time in which we must climb down from these mountains.
I want to take a look at Exodus 34:29:
"Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the testimony were in Moses hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him."
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I was watching my nine month old daughter playing on the floor the other day when the thought hit me how perfectly content she was. She would pause now and then from gnawing on a toy and or in the middle of her jabbering to look up at me to see if I was still watching. In her world, there are no worries beyond being fed or having her diaper changed on time. She lives, for now, in what we might refer to as a relative heaven, where everything is secure.
Adversely, this idea of contentment is nothing but a weak fallacy, being a simple perception of what man believes heaven to be.
In the Bible, the disciple John describes in lucid detail what a small peek behind the curtain revealed toward the true magnificence that is Heaven. His account, the last book of the Bible titled Revelation, is full of metaphorical descriptions, which go beyond what most, including myself, can easily decipher. As a kid, I would often poke through the book, randomly hunting for the most obscure descriptions and try to build an image of what John’s vision foretold. No matter how hard I tried my human mind couldn’t come close to imagining what is in store for those who have and will receive Christ’s free offering of salvation.
In the fourth chapter of Revelation, John depicts the throne of God as enameled in jasper and carnelian, two gemstones that usually take the color of blood red, and are offset by a rainbow of emerald encircling the throne. Twenty-four elders are seated around, dressed in white with crowns of gold upon their heads. From the throne comes thunder and lightning, and there are seven lamps ablaze in front of a sea of crystalline glass.
And that’s not all. Not even close.
Daniel Foster | @DanielFoster07
Whether you've spilled food on your clothes, accidentally mismatched shoes, or dressed a little too formal for that casual dinner party, we have all had moments we wished we could blend in with those around us a little better.
In Daniel 3 we read about a couple of guys named Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who weren't worried about blending in. I encourage you to read the entire chapter but for the sake of time, I'll just give you a quick run down.
King Nebuchadnezzar (or as I'll call him, King Neb) built a 90ft golden statue of himself and commanded all the people to bow down and worship it. I didn't even think it was possible to be that vain. Surprisingly, everyone went along with this law. Well, everyone except the three guys I mentioned earlier. Their rebellion didn't go over too well with King Neb once he gained knowledge of their refusal to bow down and worship the statue. King Neb called Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into his office (or the B.C. equivalent) and gave them one last opportunity to bow down to the statue lest they be thrown into a fiery furnace. Here's their response to 'ole King Neb:
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