Angry Birds and Angry Words
I have to admit that I have played the latest game for handheld devices: Angry Birds. If you haven’t played it, congratulations—I wouldn’t start. If you have played it, you will know that though this little game has a simple concept, it has exploded into a pop-culture hit. Ask any teenagers around to show you the game. The point of it is to sling a ‘bird’ towards structures, pigs, and other animals, knocking them down and destroying them in order to clear the level. When you look at it this way, the game is mind-numbingly simple.
During a prayer of confession in church this Sunday, the pastor said, ‘Father, forgive us for slinging angry words that destroy the people around us’ (loosely paraphrased). Reflecting on that prayer, I began to draw parallels between it and Angry Birds. Where in the game we sling birds at animals and structures, in life we sling angry words at the people around us. Our words can be so destructive, and yet hurling insults at the people around us can seem so simple. Today, we can communicate via multiple methods and at any time. The weight of our words has not changed, but what has is the number of opportunities to communicate. What we say to others, whether through, text, email, twitter, Facebook, or any other mode of communication, reflects our character and our heart.
Since Sunday, I have looked at Angry Birds a little differently. When I see it being played it reminds me of the prayer. It reminds me that if we communicate as though playing Angry Birds, we will accomplish the mission of Angry Words: we will destroy the people around us that we love. And it reminds me to be thankful for a God who is powerful to heal the hurts we inflict and to change our heart.
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