Nintendo in Heaven
When I was 12 years old, I asked my Mom the deepest, most profound question of my life so far: "Will there be Nintendo in Heaven?"
Yes, it was the late 1980's, and I had fallen in love with this new machine, the Nintendo. I grew up in a video game generation, and at 12-year-old, a good percentage of my time that year was "invested" in Nintendo games.
I couldn't fathom an eternity in Heaven without Nintendo. Did I really want to go to Heaven if there were no video games there?
It was an internal struggle I can laugh about now, but at the time it was a serious dilemma. A sinless world, eternal peace, and worshipping in Jesus' presence wasn't enough for me. I needed Nintendo too.
I still enjoy an occasional video game, but I now realize Nintendo isn't necessary for happiness. Better things came along in my life -- a job, a wife, kids, a house, church ministry, etc. And (though hard to believe) I was finding an even deeper joy than what my video games had given me!
All of a sudden, Heaven didn't have to have a Nintendo.
Do you sometimes feel like Jesus couldn't satisfy you completely? Jesus is great... as long as we can have your favorite TV shows, sports teams, novels, Internet sites, or video games on the side as well. Yes, God allows us to enjoy these things, but only ONE thing is needed for fulfillment.
The one thing I ask of the LORD - the thing I seek most - is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD's perfections and meditating in his Temple. For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. Then I will hold my head high, above my enemies who surround me. At his Tabernacle I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the LORD with music. [Psalm 27:4-6]
My "Radar Rewind" song on the upcoming episode of "Under The Radar" is by David Wilcox, and also shares in the ultimate hope that Heaven gives us.
All those things I just "can't live without" -- they just don't compare to Jesus. Now I know, when I get to Heaven, I won't care about TV's, baseball, pizza, and Nintendo. All the best things of this world will quickly fade away as I see Jesus face-to-face.
And the amazing thing is that we can taste this even on this side of Heaven. As the old hymn shares, when we turn our eyes to Jesus, "the things of this world will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace." May we each have more of Him this day!