I’ve Got A Candy Crush


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In the last couple of weeks I have developed a slight crush. Well, maybe a little more than slight. It’s more like I feed this infatuation whenever there is a free second. Wait. What? How did I let this happen?  I’m married with kids. I’m a christian for goodness sake! I just need to confess this to you all and let the healing begin.

Her name is Candy Crush Saga.

If you don’t know, Candy Crush is a simple game where you match three alike pieces of candy to make them disappear. This game is hugely popular and is close to becoming a publicly traded company.  The graphics are simple but eloquent and that damn music is almost hypnotizing.  I’m pretty sure the game developers in Hell worked overtime and built this beautiful, mind numbing trap.

It all started one day when I was scrolling through Facebook and a couple different people said they were stuck on a certain level of the game. Then a little later I saw a commercial for the game on television. I knew I was missing out on something, so like Eve to the apple, I bit. It was an easy game at first and I let my male ego tell me I was probably one of the best to have played.  Then it got harder…and harder…and harder.  Now I have to spend all my lives on one level and then just wait, because you only get a limited amount of lives. When they are gone you actually have to wait twenty minutes to get a new life or actually purchase more by credit card.  Brilliant.

So here is why I want to repent.  I sneak this game in between being a husband, dad, and professional.  I look forward to playing the game and just vegging out during nap time, when my wife and kids are busy with something else, before I go to sleep, or (and I have to be honest here) in the bathroom. Don’t get me wrong, playing a game is not bad. Life is stressful, and a little entertainment is important to relax and relieve some of the pressure, but I think this game right now is actually helping to making my life MORE stressful.

Instead of dealing with some of the things I need to get done I push them off  so that I can get past level 35.  I actually have been letting various jobs and tasks, like writing my blog posts for UnLearning, build up and I have gotten behind.  I could also use that valuable extra time reading, praying, or spending it leading my family.

The truth is, it’s not the game, it’s me.  I want to control my life and be able to escape when I want. I want to play some dumb game all by myself, then justify it by telling myself that I deserve a game here or there.  That’s a lie. I’m so blessed that the only thing I deserve is some work to appreciate what I have.

I love my responsibilities and I’d have it no other way, but just because they take some work doesn’t mean I get to treat myself to avoiding them.

It does suck though that I’m probably like Top 5 all time.

What do you think?

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