My family all went in, and for my 22 birthday, I received the magical goodness that is XBox. It was so awesome and it came with one game- Halo. If you’ve read any of my posts, you know of my disdain for first-person shooters. I’m just not any good at ‘em. It all started with GoldenEye, but that’s another story…
Anyways, I tried my hand at Halo for a few weeks (till I saved up enough for SW- Knights of the Old Republic). My FPS skills had not improved since the GoldenEye days. And I think I’ve played a total of 10 hours of Halo games in the 10 years since then… Until this week. I’ve logged more hours this week than I have in the previous 10 years combined. Why? Because of my son. He had seen me play Mass Effect 3 the other day and he wanted to blow things up. Well, I can’t let him touch ME3 for a number of reasons. So I borrowed a copy of Halo from some neighbor kids (who have also been playing with us lately), and we’ve blown through almost the whole first game in coop play.
And even though my skills STILL have not improved, I’m loving every minute of it. Not just because I’m playing it with my son (*wipes tear), but because he’s better than I am (*wipes more tears). There’s just something motivating about doing something you may not be good at because someone you care about is good at it. And it’s even more motivating when that someone is your child.
I know that most of you reading this don’t have kids. But the point is still the same- We do things we don’t want to because someone we care about wants or needs us to do those things. Good things and bad things. Often we give peer pressure a bad rep. “Don’t give in to peer pressure!” But the reality is, peer pressure is a tool, and just like any tool, it’s not good or bad by itself. It’s what you do with it that matters. In fact, the scripture encourages us to use peer pressure to motivate believers to do good works.
But sometimes, encouraging others to do good works means doing things we don’t want to do. Like mowing yards. Or cleaning up after Vacation Bible School. Or taking your youth pastor out to lunch (any takers?).
And sometimes, just being an encouragement to someone and being in a relationship with someone requires doing things you don’t want to do. Like watching Twilight. Or killing that cricket that you have an irrational fear of.
Truth moment- Relationships reward people who are NOT selfish. So quit making your relationships about YOU. Remember- JOY = Jesus, Others, You. In that order!
Recommended Reading: Hebrews 10:24-25