According to my five year old son, today I should write about video games.

He is sitting beside me playing his Xbox as I write this.

I didn’t wake up early enough today to get any alone time, so this will have to do. It’s time you know anyway that I belong to a “gaming” family.

I never grew up in one, but I’ve adapted (very recently) and very well (I might add) in what these games require.

My husband, really, is the culprit; the head master of the games. And he has influenced us all to enjoy fantasy style gaming at night after dinner. But especially me.

There is a game we play called, “The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.” And in this game you can be and do whatever it is you want in a collection of false fantasy worlds. You can call yourself anything and look any way you like so of course in this world my name is: “RealMeanJean” (an old radio call name); and I am a redhead. My hair is braided and wrapped around my forehead and I’m wearing a suit of metal armor. Some may say I look slightly like a Joan of Arc character, but that’s just because you’d have no other means of comparing RealMeanJean to anything else anyway.

In this false world you get to spare off and play along with other players, all of which are online. They have created communities and guilds that you can become a part of, and to say that some have found friends while playing this game wouldn’t surprise me.

Yesterday they did an update and the game was down all day. It made me realize though how much I play it compared to what I’d want to really admit. My son loves games and this winter weather has only worsened our gaming habits. Speaking of habits and the other day…one of my last blogs described this idea of habits to a T. Focusing on our habits and ensuring our lives are balanced is important. One habit I do love is blogging. And even if today’s blog isn’t that great, I’m happy I did it anyway; I think it is important to forge ahead even though perfection isn’t always found. Sometimes that’s just the point—to get it done and move on. They do say all work must be done though before the games can begin! So for today, I’m keeping the notion of game play in my mind and pray for spring so we can get outside more.

God’s beautiful earth needs to be enjoyed and even though we play games as a family, doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the activity together, it just means that sometimes fantasy is fantasy, and it’s good to remember that. I think a good balance is always needed in order to live healthy, fruitful lives with Jesus at its center. And Amen to that!

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

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