WE DIDN’T NEED HIGH TECH BABYSITTERS TO SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS!
And furthermore; we didn’t want one in the house! My son began to play Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Play Station and all the other stuff many years ago. In the beginning when he was a little boy; I didn’t know much about that stuff. I actually took him into a toy store, introduced him to the manager and told them he would not be buying toys because books were more important. I kept my word and pushed him (kicking and screaming) into the world of books. Years later after he was established in things of knowledge; he began to save his money for gaming stuff. He begged, cried and pleaded; we didn’t know better…so eventually with a watchful eye, we wore down and gave in. It’s a whole different mindset; and I write to caution you with your children and grandchildren. When your children get in a jam; teach them to praise their way to their victories and do it while they are young.
Fortunately, the computer was big and he embraced it; the technology. Even though he had saved for all of the “stuff” he with the help of the computer found new ways to save costs. We were pretty stupid at first though; we allowed him to spend money on “must have” stuff that was a waste. Gaming stuff is geared so the player loses and don’t you forget it. I can’t accept a loser’s mentality! And neither will my children! I used to think it wasn’t that serious but it is! God is merciful. By faith I say that he wasn’t damaged by the experience. Our gearing him towards studying was a seed that produced a wonderful harvest.
Here’s my point: the games were complicated and many of them not even child appropriated. I would often see him crying out of frustration because he could not solve the game. He eventually got Online to find secret codes to “beat” the game. In other words, the only “breakthrough” my son or anyone playing those games can get is to get a cheat code. Crying won’t bring the solution; neither will thinking hard or hard work. The games are designed so that they can’t be solved (as a puzzle because that’s what they are) without cheating. There were forums where people exchanged secrets. The “joy” of every game only seemed to be in the thrill of trying to beat it and thus it was that way. That, has no meaning. What value is there to be gotten from that? There’s no lesson to be learned. It forces children (an unfortunately, some adults) to look at something from the vantage point of assessing their optimal advantage over a person or situation. It isn’t always good and the bad can be very bad. Life is not a game; it’s real.
They set the games up for people to lose…then they “sell” you the cheat codes!
Please don’t bother to write to me to tell me the advantage of Play Station type games. It will go right over my head, because I’m resistant to that argument. No, my son wasn’t harmed because of much dialog about the “reality” (or lack thereof) of those games and as a result of prayer and God’s mercies.
The devil operates much like the game. He convinces people that the only way they can get ahead is to steal, kill and destroy anyone that gets in their way. He convinces them to start off by cheating or stealing just a little knowing that next time he can get them to do more; having already desensitized them. He has no new tricks; that’s how he operates.
WE RELY ON GOD FOR OUR VICTORIES AND THAT’S WHY WE PUT PRAISE MUSIC ON OUR SITES. You can’t buy your Victories in a store, but you can praise your way to Victory for free! Oh Yes you can!
The reason we put praise music on our sites AND encourage you to listen to it is not because it’s cool or cute. We are to be in a constant state of Thanksgiving and praise…a constant state! It is right and it is fitting and it is therapy and protection for each of us and all of us. It is soothing. The enemy does not desire it for you. Every day you ought to make a concerted effort to hear some praise music. It’s a weapon. It’s a defense.
On television they pull out a gun! Believers pull out praises! It’s breakthrough ground that you’re standing on when you’re praising. The music is alive because the Word is alive and everyone knows it! Even the false religions understand it. They can’t gravitate from the truth for it will make them free. Is it arrogant? No, it’s the truth.
Did you know that praise is like a secret weapon? It opens the door for your Victory! Hallelujah! It’s simple.
The next time, the enemy strikes you; just walk away praising!
When we get “stuck” in a jam or entrapped in a situation; we don’t have to lie or cheat or steal; we have a great high priest Jesus The Righteous who forever will make intercession before the Father. All we have to do is Praise God for the Victory. We don’t have to cry, get mad, get depressed, stop eating, have a pity party, sing: ” Whoa is me!” or any of that because the Victory is ours and the answer is in our praise!