While most of my Facebook friends are building farms, starting wars with the Mafia, or giving life on Candy Crush, I’ve found a new way to waste my time. It’s a game called Slydris. Slydris is the really fun, uber addictive Tetris like game. In the game, blocks fall from the top of the screen at random intervals. Your job is to slide the blocks around to create (and clear) completed rows before the tower of blocks reach the top. The game has a couple of different modes and 16 different achievements you can reach. Achievements include things like scoring so many points, clearing so many rows, or reaching a certain level. Of course being the total type A person that I am, I spent every free moment for well over a week playing this game until I obtained every single achievement. And when I reach that magnificent milestone, I realized the no one cared (not even me really) and I just lost a week of productivity that I wasn’t getting back.
But it wasn’t a total waste. One mode of the game is called Zen mode. When you enter Zen mode at the top of the screen is says “No achievements in Zen mode.” In Zen mode there are no goals to reach, nothing to accomplish, and when the tower reaches the top of the screen it just hovers and waits for you to make room clearing the rows below. You play simply for the enjoyment of playing.
What if we lived life like that? We lived for the joy of living.
What is we stopped chasing? Stopped competing? Stopped trying to one-up the people around us? Stopped trying to be the first one at the red light? Stopped trying to acquire more stuff?
Matthew 20:16 says “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
Luke 13:30 says “Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.”
Mark 10:45 says “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
The Bible seems to be warning us that all of this hustle and bustle to get to the top, to finish first, to win the rat race is pointless. If those who are first will be last, then what’s the point in rushing around now? What good will the “achievements” of this earth do you?