Writer’s Note: To see the whole context of this post, I’d just like to share that aside from my day job as a web marketing officer, I run my own video game blog and moonlight (wow do people still use that term) as a game reviewer for an online web forum. Prior to this post I used to believe that since I work within the video games industry, being a gamer defines who I am, aside from being a Christian. Because of that mindset, I have formed my own beliefs around that fact and have acted accordingly, and because of this specific mindset I hurt someone who was truly dear to me.
While I was reading the book “What God Does When Men Lead” on the LRT while I was on my way to work. There was this part where Bill Peel (the author) Quoted Tony Dungy:
It was the first time I was able to look at football as something that God was allowing me to do, not something that should DEFINE me. I couldn’t take my identity from this sport; I had to consciously make sure that God was in first place.
Tony Dungy, in his book Quiet Strength, mentioned on page 47 of “What God Does When Men Lead”.
The statement struck a nerve since Dungy’s words reminded me of my stand when it comes to video games. Dungy’s realization after his subsequent inactivity for a season as a NFL player redefined his way of thinking as an American Football player.
The same goes for myself since I once claimed that video games is part of me and that it defines me.
It was when I read that statement that I finally realized and understood the folly of my thoughts. God allowed me to work within the grounds of the video game industry. God allowed me to have a passion on it because He wants me to go into it in His own way.
It shouldn’t have been part of me in the first place. I would’ve saved myself from heartaches and well, hurting someone else if I just realized that a year ago.
Christ should be the one that DEFINES me, not anyone or anything else.
So what now? All I can say is that my passion is still in the video games industry. Now I am firm on what defines me. While it may be hard for me to let this go since I have been so immersed in it already. But when the time comes to decide. I know and I will, let go of video games if He so tells me to.
Because above all else, I am His son.
This entry is originally from Vincent’s blog.