For many of us, video games have become a way to escape reality and blow off some steam. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, there is a tendency in our culture to spend a lot of time gaming.
This is something which many of us in our culture, especially youth, can give up and think about how we spend our time. Is our use of time really meaningful? How are we using our time to let the Lord bring forth the Kingdom of God?
I have decided to fast from gaming this Lent. Some of my games have a “community” feature which makes me sort of feel like my decision affects others. But the fact is that gaming is not real. It is a virtual world. So I have explained to my teammates that I am giving this up for Lent. Who knows? That might make one of them consider Lent more seriously. And even if it doesn’t, at least I know I am giving up something I spend a little time on to make time for something else. Like prayer.
So consider encouraging your family to give up some video games for Lent. Maybe for a weekend. Maybe for a couple of weekends. Maybe more. Do some discernment together and decide what is best for your family.