Video Games: Not Your True Call of Duty

As I sat down to write about the topic of video game addiction I thought maybe I should do a search online to see if there had been other articles or blog posts written on the subject. I couldn't recall seeing anything that specifically addressed this issue. Almost immediately, I discovered that there is actually a huge amount of information available, mostly written by those more scholarly than I could ever hope to be.

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Before we get into how to break free from video game addiction, I think it's important to help determine the need for help. I'm sure you've heard it said before that the first step one takes in receiving help for an addiction is coming to grips with the fact that one is an addict. The list below comes from the CRC (Camp Recovery Center) group, the largest provider of specialized behavioral health care services in the U.S., serving (according to their website) more than 30,000 clients per day.

Read the list below, and if ANY of these apply to you, GET HELP:

  1. #1 You feel really happy when you're online or when you're playing games, but as soon as you have to stop, you get angry or upset.
  2. #2 You think about going online or playing when you are supposed to be focusing on other things, like looking for employment, doing school work or having dinner with your family.
  3. #3 You spend more time with your keyboard or controller than physically hanging out with your family and friends.
  4. #4 Your friends or parents ask what you spend all your time doing, and you lie about it or laugh it off, but inside you know they may have a point.
  5. #5 You get up in the middle of the night to check your e-mail or your Facebook comments because you're having a hard time sleeping.

Be honest. If you know that you're struggling in this battle, DON'T isolate yourself! King Solomon (widely regarded as the wisest man who has ever lived) said in Proverbs 4:7: Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.

Wield Wisdom

The best weapon you can wield in the battle for your heart is wisdom. Dr. Russell Moore wrote an article called Fake Love, Fake War: Why So Many Men Are Addicted to Internet Porn and Video Gameswhich outlines the reasons and dangers behind addiction to pornography and video games. Read it, understand what's going on, orient yourself in the battle and get help.

Many men and women struggle in marriage simply because they've never seen the model of Godly manhood or womanhood demonstrated (yet another consequence of the destruction of the family in our culture). I've listed some excellent resources (from FamilyLife) to help you understand your role as a husband, as a wife and some additional helps for pornography addiction.

Take a step back from your situation, assess the true nature of what's going on, and plot a course of action. Your true Call of Duty has nothing to do with isolation from your family, friends and community of believers. Step up and into the real battle that is going on for your heart. It's a fight for your life!

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