I was watching an interview with some top video game designers, and they let the audience in on a really big secret to creating award winning games. The secret, they all agreed, is to not make the game too easy, but also, don’t make it too hard.
Too easy, they said, and the gamer will walk away quickly unsatisfied. He will not take the time to really enjoy the game, since it will not conjure up a sense of adventure or challenge. Too hard, they said, and the gamer will develop a resentment toward the game. She will eventually throw her controller down in disgust, never to play again.
Sounds a lot like life.
We often regret the challenges and obstacles that are a part of daily living. They come our way unexpected, and we wonder why God allowed them. Yea, yea, we know they make us stronger, blah, blah, blah. But we do not welcome them as challenges nor embrace them as that which will make us more like Christ. On the other hand, if we find ourselves without challenge, life becomes boring, predictable, and deeply unsatisfying. We find ourselves unsettled and unhappy.
Life may not be exactly like a video game, but it does have this one thing in common. We need challenges to help us to grow. Too many and we may give up. But too little and we become restless. So wherever you are in your journey of faith, thank God for the challenges. They may very well be making you into the gamer He wants you to be!