Ministry Tips: Playing the Game and Using the Gifts

As someone who has a background in Christian Counseling people fascinate me so I find myself “probing” trying to go just that little bit deeper. It doesn’t work with my teenage son who often replies with simple grunts and shoulder shrugs.

I try to understand that there may not be a lot of communication, and I need to go about it in a very delicate way, trying to talk about things he likes to talk about or engaging in activities that can be done “side by side”. A bit like parallel play for toddlers. One activity is playing computer games while my son plays x-box games and responding with a few grunts of my own. This post isn’t about parenting a teenager but a life lesson about ministry that I thought about while playing Lara Croft, The Legend, on the computer tonight.In preparing to play this game I followed all the directions:

  • Installed the CD
  • Opened the game guide
  • Read instructions on keys and controls
  • Discovered what keys to press to shoot the enemy, etc.
  • Kept the manual right beside me as I started to play

I found myself struggling to make it through one area – I was being shot and grenades were coming at me from rooftops and doorways. Between turning the pages, pausing the game, fingers stumbling to find the right keys and pressing wrong controls I became frustrated. To make matters worse, every time I “died” the game reverted back to the last official “checkpoint”. I was getting fed up with repeating the same maneuvers and mistakes over and over again.

At one point my son took pity and within 2 minutes the scene was cleared of all dangers and pitfalls – every enemy disposed of. His fingers nimbly skimmed keys making “Lara” move swiftly, firmly and with consummate skill. Grinning broadly at my compliments he returned to his game while I decided to go make supper.

I began to think how like ministry this is. We think we are prepared and have everything ready – we have the “how to manual”. Yet putting it into practice is not as easy. It is like this computer game, we find ourselves stumbling and fumbling. We begin to feel that we just cannot do this – it is too hard.

Sometimes God requires that we repeat certain steps – learning from our failures. Then there are times we need to ask for help from those that have their skills built up from use. They can steer us through the pitfalls and explain what may have gone wrong and give tips on how to hone our skill. It is also good to step back and evaluate where you are doing well, what needs further work and how can it be done differently.

Don’t let despair settle in as we look at others thinking we can never do that. God may not want us to do what someone else does – but He does require that we step out in what He want us to do. “Lara” faced many enemies and obstacles in this game and so will we – but we keep applying principles that we have learned from God’s manual. If we fail, we get up and try again. God gives each of us different gifts but He also requires that we apply ourselves in growing and honing what He has given. This is done by “playing the game” – by living it out.

I went back to try the game a bit later – I chuckled when the game was loading as it showed the percentage of the game that I had completed successfully – 8%. I have a long way to go but I am applying myself to learn by doing. How about you?

Download Kids Games and Check If They Are Appropriate For Your Child to Play With

Kids are not kids when they are not allowed to play. That is the one of the things that brings them to joy, the right to play. Parents and adults should understand that kids need their play time to be able to grow up to be well-rounded individuals. Of course, too much playing can also be detrimental to their physical health. One of the things that parents and other adults who are in the presence of children is the age appropriateness of games such as computer games. Parents seem to think that all computer games are appropriate for their kids when in fact some of the games can do more harm than good for them. Of course, there are a lot of computer games that are educational and will teach the child more than a parent could ever hope for. But you have to screen before they even begin to download kids games.

There are a number of sites where your kids can download kids games for free or a minimum fee although there are circumstances wherein the sites have harmful virus or adware or the game itself is dangerous for the mental and psychologically stability of the kids.

Thus, make sure that before your child even begins to download kids games, you already screened the games so you are sure that your child is safe and your computers are already safe from viruses and other malicious software that can enter the system without your child noticing that something is already wrong.

Play Free Online Games and Save Money

Everybody likes to play games and especially when it is not bound by time, money or space. These games are nowadays available in most of the websites. Some of these websites offer games only when the user subscribe to the sites by paying a certain amount. There are many websites which offer free online games to its users. These websites are high in demand among the users as they can play as many games online as they wish, that too without worrying about their accounts getting depleted.

Another advantage of the free games online is that they do not always require a partner. A user can play games with the computer or choose to play a single player game. It is also more convenient for today’s youngsters who are brought up in a nuclear family with no companion to play along with them. Therefore, these games over net have such popularity among today’s youth. They also serve as a great pastime for those who have leisure time at home or office. Whenever they feel bored, they can just log in to internet and spend an entertaining hour with the games available there.

List of popular free games online

The Attack of the Mutant Artificial Christmas Trees is a popular free online video game which was developed by Dallas-based Internet marketing firm, Kewlbox in 2004. It was released for online play or free download in November 2004. BlogShares is another online stock market game which is unique in its own way. It allows players to trade at any time, create their own blogs and purchase shares. This website was founded by Seyed Razavi, a graduate of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in Manchester.

Cabal Online is a game which is also 3D massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). Other such games include Domain of Heroes (a text-based MMORPG), Urban Terror or UrT (a free online first person shooter created by FrozenSand) and Drift City (a Nonlinear driving RPG game developed by a Korean).

Other popular game online include Emil Chronicle Online, Endless Ages, Heat Project, Human Age, Kutar, (Lil) Green Patch, Little Fighter Online and Pet Society. Phantasy Star Online (PSO) was initially released for Dreamcast in 2000. Due to its increasing fame, Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II were later released with some added content for Nintendo GameCube and Xbox in 2002. Other versions of this online game were released in the year 2003 and 2004.

List of other free online games which gained popularity among users are QQ Sanguo, Regnum Online, Rohan: Blood Feud, Rumble Fighter, Seal Online, Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine, SubSpace (video game), Super Obama World, Syobon action, Teeworlds, Thang Online, Urban Terror, Utopia (online game), A World of My Own and Wurm Online.

One must be wondering why these free online games come for free. Actually, the websites that create these free online games feature many advertisements. They get revenue from these ads.

These online games can be a good way of passing time, but be careful, as they are also addictive.