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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?

10 Comments

  1. We have a Wii, but I’ve yet to do the weigh in thing. Like I should care what a silly little game is going to tell me. But you’re right. Sometimes we can hear 100 positive, life-affirming things about ourselves, but we will dwell on that one negative. This is why many performers and writers refuse to read their reviews.

    And those last 3 affirmations? Wow, Jason. Need to put those of my wall. Great stuff.
    katdish recently posted..Raising HopeMy Profile

    • The weighing in is not for the faint of heart! I thought about what you’re saying after I wrote this. Technically, what I’m describing is not a lie, but a partial picture. Those half-truths can be the most effective deceptions though. Thanks Kat.

  2. It’s probably a good thing I don’t have a Wii. I would probably punch my TV if it tried mocking my weight. And then I would be sad.
    Jason Vana recently posted..Tips for Increased ProductivityMy Profile

    • Ha! Yeah, that would be sad. The rest of the game is a lot of fun, it’s just the initial tests that seem condescending. :) Thanks Jason.

  3. I don’t have a Wii. Which is good, because the last thing I need is someone mocking my weight, though it always happens. Right when I ‘ve lost twenty or so pounds, someone will try to be “helpful” and suggest I’d be healthier if I lost weight and will give me a bunch of suggestions (vegetarianism, atkins, eliminating high fructose corn syrup, whatever…). In the past, it has always had the opposite effect. I say to myself “Wow, I’ve been working hard and lost twenty pounds, and am still fat enough for strangers in the street to stop me and give me advice. What’s the point? I’ll always be fat…”
    I’m praying hard that this time I can smile and say “Thanks, but I’m on it. Have a nice day…” and not let it bring me down.
    (I know. Your post was about lies bringing us down, not the truth, but these are the thoughts that ran through my head… :-) )
    Helen recently posted..Where I’m From…My Profile

    • I don’t understand how a stranger could be that forward or think that would be helpful. Good grief! I think there is a lie wrapped up in there though, that you’ll never be able to change. Whether its something physical or spiritual or whatever, the enemy tries to get us to believe we’ll always be that way. If it were me and someone did that, I would say, “Oh yeah thanks. I’ve actually been working hard and I’ve already lost 20 pounds.” Just turn it around, hit them (and yourself) with the truth and know you’re doing your best and keep at it. I hope that qualify as unsolicited advice. :) Praying for you, Helen!

  4. I would add:

    Lies bring bondage. Truth brings freedom.
    Kevin Martineau recently posted..The 10 Day Give ChallengeMy Profile

    • Absolutely. Good stuff! Thanks Kevin.

  5. “Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies.” Sorry, didn’t mean to bust out in an 80′s song from Fleetwood Mac. But that’s another problem with lies -- they are many times wrapped up in nice looking packages by the devil to decieve God’s people. We have to be careful to see a lie for what it is and not be led astray. God Bless!
    Juan Cruz Jr recently posted..Your 100 Day Prayer by John I Snyder (Book Review)My Profile

    • So true! Lies are not always in-your-face obvious, they can be very subtle so we have to be vigilant. Thanks Juan.