A young man sits in front of a large screen TV. His feet propped comfortably on an ottoman. A joystick gripped in his hands.
The screen flickers with movement and the young man's fingers move furiously over the various buttons and controls.
He vaguely senses movement around him, but continues to concentrate on the action in front of him. He hears voices, but in his state of concentration they sound like Charlie Brown's teacher so he ignores them.
At the end of a round of play he rejoices over advancing to the next round, feeling superior that he won.
He looks around quickly as the game readies itself for another onslaught. Something is happening, but the TV beacons and soon he's deeply engaged in the more impelling action on the screen.
Time passes and the young man advances round after round. With each conquest of a round his celebration becomes more and more exuberant.
It's now getting harder to advance and the young man leans forward almost as if he would gain an advantage if he could physically enter into the action.
Finally, his skill cannot match the game's and he is faced with the ultimate let-down "Game Over".
As the young man looks around he becomes aware that it is dark and he is alone.
Had he been that involved in the game?
He wanders from room to room looking for anyone.
Propped on the kitchen table is a note:
"Tried to get your attention but you were too into that game.
Went to dinner and a movie. Back later. Love you."
Sometimes we are like that with God. He wants to spend time with us, but we're too into something else so we miss out.
What are you concentrating on?
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