Street Fighter II

Practising the Special Moves

CAMMY, Blanka, Dhalsim, Vega, Chun-Li, M. Bison, Ken, Ryu- they were almost like family to so many gamers in the 1990s.

With Street Fighter V now released, they’ve become familiar to another generation.

The original Street Fighter II exploded onto the scene with its multiple characters, flashy artwork and of course, the special moves of the characters/players.

The special moves were the thing that set Street Fighter II above other fighting games at the time.

Each character brings something distinctive to the game, just as every human on earth brings something unique to the world.

The special moves need practice to pull-off correctly. Most consist of a whirl of special button combinations in conjunction with facing the right way, jumping or crouching at the right time and doing all within a matter of seconds when your opponent is exactly where you need him/her/it to be.

It’s not easy to make it all happen when needed. The outcome and effects are pretty to watch though.

A fireball or extended fist or pivoting helicopter kick or electrical shock could tip the balance of a match in your favour.

The diversity of characters in the Street Fighter series is amazing as well.

From the petite Chun-Li, who looks like a ballet dancer, to the obesely overweight sumo wrestler E. Honda.

God calls our special moves, talents. They are abilities, skills and interests you can utilise to serve him.

The world would be a bland old place if we were all built the same. Not everyone is designed to run a church kids’ club, or preach a sermon, or play guitar for a worship service, or build a new church in a foreign country, or write a series of Christian devotions based on video games.

Your talents might lay in encouraging, teaching, artistic endeavours, practical help, listening, leadership, holding conversations, development, construction, or a thousand other possibilities.

First time players of Street Fighter II aren’t usually able to launch into the array of moves available to them. It takes time and practice.

The same goes for developing your skillset or gifts to target them for God’s purposes.

Take time to learn your special moves- the things that you can pull off to make an impact for God, maybe even affect someone’s eternity.

Now that’s an outcome beyond winning another credit.

 

“We all have different gifts. Each gift came because of the grace God gave us. Whoever has the gift of prophecy should use that gift in a way that fits the kind of faith they have.” - Romans 12: 6.

 

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