There is a phenomenon that is taking over the world… with over 50 million downloads, special holiday versions and rumors of a potential t.v. series… Angry Birds is considered one of the most popular game apps on the market. The developers of the addictive puzzle video game came up with a creation that was ingenious. The premise of it’s design is to use a slingshot to fling different types of birds at pigs!?! The more things you destroy, the more points earned.
When my husband first stumbled upon Angry Birds we were both hooked! I didn’t have a smart phone at the time so I would always steal his to play:) Eventually, when I got my iPhone I downloaded the app for myself, however I am ashamed to admit I never saved my history of the game. I have only opened the app about three times since and the thought of having to start from scratch was daunting, so I gave up. However, my husband continued to thrust forward, not only graduating through each level, but also accomplishing EACH ONE with three stars AND a feather!?! I didn’t even know about the feather until very recently.
The momentum he gained from achieving such greatness has not come without a little cost, which is where my rant comes in. With the game being so accessible through his phone I am often finding myself competing for his attention. I’m not saying he ignores me, in fact many of times he gets so excited about a new level he can’t resist sharing it with me, he even tries to get me to help him pass the challenging ones. It’s just difficult for me to witness timed consumed into something that I don’t have the same interest in… We are suppose to be love birds right? Semi-newlyweds, no kids, come on!
…I could just end my rant there, right?! Haha, God has a funny way of showing me the LOG in my OWN eye!
Matthew 7:1-5 states, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
One day as we waited to be seated at a restaurant my husband pulls out his iPhone and I think to myself with an attitude, “Angry Birds… Again!” I was right and my husband, well he is predictable. Then something stopped my attitude in it’s tracks as I realized I myself was on autopilot checking Facebook on my phone. I started to become aware how often I pull out my phone to check my social networks and the biggest, most consistent addiction I have is checking Facebook right before I go to bed. I wonder how many times my husband has thought I am ignoring him with my bad habit!? He has never really mentioned it before… but there has been times I can recall that he has tried to be intimate with me and I have pushed him away saying, “Just give me a sec!” or “Not tonight I’m tired!” Yet I give Facebook my undivided attention. Lame!
It’s not a bad thing to want to play Angry Birds to pass the time, in fact it’s an awesome game and I encourage you to play it:) I’m not condemning social networks either. I guess I just realized once again why God warns us in 1 Corinthians 10:23 ” ‘I have the right to do anything,’ you say—but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’—but not everything is constructive.” Also to be aware of your surroundings and those around you who may feel a little out won by a phone. This was my recent discovery and I’m working on it!
I have a challenge for you this week: if you feel the urge to pull out your phone when your loved one is near, instead ask a provoking question to engage conversation or initiate an random act of passion!