The Wii and Its Lies
I don’t know how many of you have ever played the Nintendo Wii, but it’s a pretty ingenious little device that incorporates motion into the videogame equation. It doesn’t really seem to be for hardcore gamers, but I don’t know that I was ever a hardcore gamer and if I was not since I was 12 or 13 years old.
Enough superfluous details, here’s the reality. One of the games we have is full of fitness tests and exercises. It’s really a lot of fun. Well, everything except the beginning where you do your weigh-in and other “diagnostics.”
Doesn’t help that when it tells you to step on the balance board (that also weighs you), it says, “Oh” and it sounds like “Oh my, had a big lunch, did we? Have you taken to eaten Twinkies exclusively now?” Of course, I may be reading into it a bit.
Then the moment of dread, the Body Mass Index or BMI. It shows an arrow, a number to represent your weight, and then where you fit on the index. There’s underweight, normal, overweight, and obese.
Every time I’ve ever done it, the little voice rather mockingly informs me, “that’s overweight.” And if this weren’t all bad enough, my character is on the screen and instantly plumps up before my eyes as he looks down at himself and shakes his head in shame.
And every time, a little piece of me dies inside.
Seriously though, I know that BMI is not completely accurate because it doesn’t take into account your build or muscularity, but hearing the mocking voice tell you you’re overweight when you’re clearly not is disheartening.
Lies are like that. The more we listen the more we lose our strength and resolve. That’s how abusers keep their victims submissive. They pummel them with lies constantly until defenses are worn down and deception takes up residence.
It’s so prominent in Isaiah 36 where the king of Assyria plans to invade Jerusalem. He sends his emissary to mock and dishearten the people of Jerusalem and King Hezekiah. He tells them God is no match for them, then that Hezekiah has offended God, and also that God sent them (talk about not keeping your stories straight).
Everything looked hopeless, but Hezekiah and his officials took it all into God’s presence and cried out to Him. They could have labored under the lies, fallen to the pressure, and been destroyed. Instead, they went after the Truth and God showed up to deliver a mighty victory.
Maybe you’ve entertained some mocking voices and lies about yourself, your relationships, or others. You can always tell by the fruit.
Lies tear down. Truth builds up.
Lies bring despair. Truth brings strength.
Lies perpetuate confusion. Truth establishes clarity.
Ready to let go of some lies or situations that have told you lies? What will it take for you to embrace the truth? Want to add to my lies/truth statements?