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Lesson from the "War Games"
I've been reading about this recent news of military tension in the divided Korean peninsula. It's a bloody game the two Koreas (North and South) are continuing to play for so many years now ... I'm reminded of the movie "War Games" where we watched a U.S. government computer programmed to start a global nuclear war. All efforts to change the computer's programming proved futile. However, in the last second, the computer suddenly stopped itself and blurted out, "Interesting game. The only way to win is not to play" ... In a sense, the same could be said of the game we play in many of life's struggles. To find freedom and healing, we often need to choose to let go of "futile" efforts that only drain our energy and time. I'm not saying we let go of what's essential or give up prematurely. I do mean, with enough discernment, we can ascertain God's will and time for us to finally stop playing games that only lead to destruction. The only way to win is not to play.