You know you’re hooked to Candy Crush when you have an iPhoto download dated February 2016. And it’s only 2014.
Last week, I panicked when I saw that it was 10:45 and I was supposed to meet Jenina at 11:30 in Makati. Just a wee bit slower than Clark Kent, I did a quick change and headed out the front door. My driver was still in shorts and I’m asking him why he’s taking his sweet time to get into his uniform. Finally, we are on the way. I stress “I’m late” in case he didn’t hear me the first time. I text Jenina my apologies for keeping her waiting and she can get a table and order ahead because I will be there soon. Then her reply came “Uh-oh I’m still home.” Then through the course of our text exchange, she informs me it’s only 9:30am. Oops. If you are a Candy Crush player, you might know that moment.
There’s something about Candy Crush… Here I put together some things I’ve learned from this game.
1. What sucks you in starts with what’s pleasing to the eye.
Gen 3:6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing tothe eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.
Phil 1:6 being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
3. The easier tracks build up your skills for the tougher tracks.
James 1: 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
4. Trial and Error uses up a lot of time. Getting an appropriate mentor and reading up tutorials develops your skills.
5. You can’t control what you get. But you can control your response.
Rom 14:12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
6. We need God’s grace.
Rom 9:16 It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.
7. Chocolates are like sin. It draws you in with the come-on that it’s good. But unless you get rid of it determinedly, quickly, and completely, it takes over everything.
Heb 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
8. You must know the mission for each session. Don’t keep creating colour bombs if your mission is to combine two wrapped candies or you won’t reach your goal.
John 17:4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.
9. Be purposeful in your moves.
1 Cor 9:24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
10. Candy Crush is fun but it could take up a lot of precious time which could otherwise be used to build lives and leave a lasting legacy. In the non-Candy Crush world, “No More Lives” means just that.
1Cor 9:25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get acrown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.