Get Off the Couch
WHEN it first came out and the buzz around the Nintendo Wii was still new, families were treating Wii Sports like a bowling simulator more than a game.
It was like having a real-life bowling alley in your lounge room, without the smell of hot chips/fries and the sound of a 16-year-old DJ being told to plays songs from before he was born.
There are four other sports to play but surely the most popular would have to be bowling.
The novelty of controlling a digital person with a wireless remote that relied on movement was something astounding.
Players would rise from the couch when it was their turn, strap on the all-important wrist band attached to the Wii remote and prepare to bowl.
It was an all-of-body experience. Some players would do a small jog on the spot as their character approached the line, before pulling their arms back, releasing it forward at pace, ensuring their wrist was level while the other arm balanced their style.
Some would even finish with a follow-through motion as the ball was launched, awaiting to see how many pins were scattered.
If it was on target, there was nothing unusual about a triumphant shout and a punching of the air in celebration.
It was a familiar scene across the world in family homes, retirement villages, university dorms and bachelor pads.
As time wore on though, and human laziness kicked in, people found they didn’t exactly need to put their whole bodies behind their deliveries.
In fact, some became so reckless they didn’t even bother putting on the remote safety strap anymore (gasp!).
Players soon discovered there was no need to hurl one’s arms about. It became apparent there was not even a need to stand up.
Pretty soon, experienced Wii bowlers were barely moving from their sprawled out position of comfort and simply flicking their wrists and still notching up strikes and spares.
If you’ve ever played Wii bowling with others and been the only one that still jumps to your feet while the others sloth about, you’ll know how sapping that is. It drains the atmosphere out of the game.
New Christians and those involved with a new ministry or a new church activity are often on their feet, ready to get involved, do whatever it takes and put in the extra effort.
Then the reality of routine kicks in. What was once a 110% attitude in serving gets simplified and numbed down to just going through the motions.
Sure, the Sunday class is being delivered, or the worship leading is being done or the morning devotions are being plodded through but the zest and sparkle seem to have waned.
It happens to everyone. It’s the simple grind of ministry. That doesn’t make it right though.
The Bible talks about believers being an aroma of Christ, like a perfume that makes others drawn to Jesus.
From time to time it pays to check our status- are we simply going through the motions of outreach and ministry? Are we ambling our way through our daily walk with God? Are we plonked on the couch, just flicking our wrists when we should be on our feet, ready to serve?
As a member of Christ’s body, your attitude, enthusiasm and approach will affect those around you.
The last thing you want to do is hinder someone who is “strapped in” and ready to get active for God.
Take time to re-think, re-assess and re-acquaint yourself with how God wants you to serve.
And don’t be afraid to follow through.
“For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.” - 2 Corinthians 2: 17