As someone who has a background in Christian Counseling Manifestation Wizard people fascinate me so I find myself "probing" trying to go just that little bit deeper. It doesn't work with my teenage son who often replies with simple grunts and shoulder shrugs.I try to understand that there may not be a lot of communication, and I need to go about it in a very delicate way, trying to talk about things he likes to talk about or engaging in activities that can be done "side by side". A bit like parallel play for toddlers.
One activity is playing computer games while my son plays x-box games and responding with a few grunts of my own. This post isn't about parenting a teenager but a life lesson about ministry that I thought about while playing Lara Croft, The Legend, on the computer tonight.In preparing to play this game I followed all the directions.
I found myself struggling to make it through one area - I was being shot and grenades were coming at me from rooftops and doorways. Between turning the pages, pausing the game, fingers stumbling to find the right keys and pressing wrong controls I became frustrated. To make matters worse, every time I "died" the game reverted back to the last official "checkpoint". I was getting fed up with repeating the same maneuvers and mistakes over and over again.