Today is a combination of homework and blogging. I’m preparing for class this weekend so I’m translating Galatians 5:7-12 for my first exegetical paper. I was drawn to this passage for two reasons. One, because the assignment was from the book of Galatians and I had no choice. Two, I liked the opening sentence in which Paul essentially starts out with, “You were running well. What happened?”
I have been doing some running since I married Shelia a year and a half ago. She is really into fitness so one of the ways we spend time together is to run races. Most of the runs are 5K and I’m not bad at those. But there was one particularly painful 10K that I don’t like to talk about. I came in last place. I was doing so badly that the lady was following me in her golf cart and kept asking me if I was OK. I started the race off well but by the time I was on the fifth mile I asked myself, “I was running well. What happened?”
I think it is pretty cool that the greek word for “run” is basically “trek”. (doesn’t it seem strange that Trek brand bicycles really have the word “run” painted on their frames? That’s like making a pair of running shoes with the brand “pedal”) Trek can also mean “to exert oneself” or “make an effort” so it makes sense that a long journey is often called a trek.
Most video games have a trek or a quest. The games that get the best reviews (but not always the best sales) are often the ones of a solitary hero facing incredible odds and going on a long journey to new lands. I will list just a few:
- The Legend of Zelda (Can I do a single blog entry without mentioning this game?)
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Mass Effect
- Assassin’s Creed
- Half Life
- Oblivion and Skyrim
There are tons more games that have that epic feel. You may be like me in which there are times that you may be playing a video game and you are doing so well. You are leaping from platform to platform and vanquishing foes on every side. Then you come across a certain scenario or boss battle and you are crushed. You might say to yourself, “I was running so well. What happened?” Thank goodness video games have a save feature. You can get a fresh start and what happened in the past doesn’t matter any longer. It’s a shame that real life doesn’t have a save feature. Maybe it does have one. That’s another subject sometime for video game theology.
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