Sunday, January 22, 2012

Thee Infamous Valentine's Banquet

Yes, I spelled "the" "thee". What are you going to do about it, grammar/spelling nazi?

It's a strange ritual. A boy asks a girl to accompany him to a night of food, games, photographs, and awkwardness. To top it all off, he must go shopping for clothes to match the girl.

Yes, it's that time of year again.... The time where I try to find a girl to ask out to the infamous High Street Baptist Church Youth Department Valentine's Banquet. I'm doing it early this year, since it's my last.

And I know who it is. ;)

So guys, pray for me. Please?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Godly Perspective In Gaming

"When I play a game, I feel God is closer to me..." ~ Halos and Avatars

What do you think about gaming?

How about God?

How about being with God as you play a video game? Does He just look over your shoulder while you play? Or does He sit down with you? Or do you let Him have the controls?

Isn't this universe just God's video game? Are you His allies or His enemies? Does He control your every movement? Or are you like the Sims, who complain to their controller?

In this level, you only have one life. And you will lose it in the end. How do you get another, infinite powerup? Trust in God and believe in Him.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Dealing with Disappointment

I had a disappointing weekend. On Friday, dated conveniently the Friday the 13th, my trip to the Mid Ohio Valley youth conference was canceled. Of course, there was snow everywhere. The day after, I was supposed to attend my first CollegePlus! gathering. Then another snowstorm came.

I can handle this situation in many ways. I can be selfish and complain. I can reiterate how unfair this is. I can wish the winter away. I can sulk and post things on Facebook that I will regret someday.

And then He tells me all the things He has done for me. He gave me protection and love. He gave me a good church and a good youth group. He saved me from hell. I remember....

But, all in all, this disappointment is nothing in light of eternity. In light of His grace and His goodness. His mercy.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Excellence and Exquisiteness

Excellence is something to be strived for. It is the difference between average and successful ventures.

Exquisiteness is an outward result of Excellence. It is attention to detail and meticulousness in manner.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Quest for the Perfect Girl(?)

Since the blog is entitled "God, Girls, and Game Design", but it still didn't have anything about girls in it, I decided to create this first post about them! Enjoy!

Does a "Perfect Girl" Actually Exist?

It really boils down to the definition of "perfect" one uses. If one means "perfect" to denote someone who is sinless, flawless, and all-around amazing, no such girl exists. However, if "perfect" means someone who is right for a guy, someone whom God has picked to be his "soulmate", then that girl may actually exist. "Perfect" can also mean "mature, complete". Truly mature girls are rare, even though some girls think they are mature. But I've seen enough to know they aren't an endangered species.

The Bible tells of a "virtuous woman", whose price is "above rubies". Rubies are rarer and more expensive than diamonds. This, I believe, is the definition of a "perfect girl".

My Very General List

The Lord has led me to list the qualities of the girl I would hope to marry someday. My wish list, if you will.

1. She must be saved.
I can't marry a heathen! This really is, while not the most important part, the most primary part. God says I can't yoke myself with an unbeliever.

2. She must be spiritual.
This is not the same as being saved. Saved girls can also be not spiritual. She should at least know her Bible well enough. This is even more paramount than the first, but it is impossible to achieve this without the first.

3. She must be smart.
I'm doomed. As long she is not stubborn. I can work with that.

4. She must be beautiful.
Of course. Why not? *wink* In reality, the beauty of a girl is, as often cliched, "inside". As long that "inside" beauty shines outward. She should have at least enough sense to take care of herself. And she should be naturally beautiful without makeup. I hate it when girls think that their makeup actually makes them more pretty. It DOESN'T!

5. She must be modest.
This is more important than you think. At least something should be covering her knees at all times. And maybe I should demand Victorian elegance?

6. She must be a bit shy.
Really extroverted girls are okay, but to me, they are not date-able or marriageable. Especially if she talks to random guys. So simply, a girl who doesn't flirt.

7. She must be faithful.
Girls are fickle, according to my experience.

That list only applies to me. It appeals to my taste and values. If you have a different conviction, then follow that conviction. This list is for me, not you. If you are a girl interested in me, then you must at least have the first one got down. If you don't know how to get saved, click here. Then talk to me. And then actually work on acquiring the other things on the list.

The Quest So Far?

Hmmm... The quest is actually going on well, thank you. I've weeded out the girls that don't fit the list and looking into girls that have at least some of the qualities presented here. I've tested some girls that have stood out as the most likely candidates.

One day, I will find her. I do not know who she is yet. But I know God has someone planned for me. *wink*

In Christ,
The Gentleman X

Monday, January 2, 2012

God's Call: Who Will Answer?

Isaiah 6:5-11

I. Prepare (v. 5-7)
If you have sin in your life, confess it.

II. Dare (v. 8)
Listen to the voice of the Lord, and surrender at the altar.

III. Care (v. 9-11)
Serve God, obeying Him every step along the way. Depend on Him, and God will work throughout.