Susan and I have been trying to do more fun, relaxing things together lately and we’ve rediscovered playing Super Mario Brothers on Wii. Those of you who are gamers know that Super Mario Bros has been around for a long, long time. But with each new gaming system has come improved graphics and different challenges.
There are different game modes from which to choose. It can be played individually where you takes turns playing a level until one of you completes it. Or you can play together as a team combining your resources and exponentially increasing your number of chances to succeed.
Susan and I play in the team mode but it does have its drawbacks. For example, someone still has to take the lead. Susan says I have control issues with wanting to take the lead. I say Susan has control issues with not being willing to follow. Susan is probably more right than I am; but you don’t have to mention that to her.
Another drawback is when the guys, Mario and Luigi, get into a tight space and end up bumping into each other. It’s fairly common for one of us to accidentally (honest babe!) bump the other one into bad places on the screen; or run ahead of the other person and cause them to die because the screen moved too fast.
But there is one BIG advantage to the team mode. We get further when we share the journey! There are just some spots in the game that are nearly impossible to do on your own. The same is true within God’s community – the church.
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. ~ Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Sometimes we squabble about who’s in the lead or about communicating better or we just end up bumping into each other here and there. But the reality is that we get further in carrying out God’s plans of loving Him and loving others when we choose to share the journey. So…
Which mode are you choosing?