Lord Save me from Call of Duty

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

In my limited knowledge I would feel comfortable saying addictions are not a good thing.
Maybe I will even go out on a limb and say that they are a bad thing. My friends (yes that is you Jeff Iwaszkowiec) I have an addiction, it is called Call of Duty. This game has taken over my life and has caused me not only to surrender hours of my day to online playing, but has caused me to be out in public and watching our for snipers. I would feel comfortable in saying that this addiction is not healthy.

Two years ago I saw a documentary called “Lord Save Us From Your Followers. Dan Merchant sets out to make a documentary about the followers of Jesus and the fact that sometimes we need to be spared/saved from them more then anything else. Today, I am here to ask the Lord to save me from call of duty. This might be a very innocent request, even funny to some, but in all reality call of duty can be one of the biggest stumbling blocks for me.

Ask anyone who plays COD (what the kids are calling Call of Duty these days) online and they will tell you that you sit down to play for about 30 minutes and end up playing for 3 hours. This game has sucked out all the productivity, motivation, and overall value to anything I do. Instead of wondering when I can get some more time to study and read, I am thinking about the next time I can get my fix of some COD. I am not on the level of obsession, nor have I gotten to the point of never leaving my gaming chair to go to the bathroom, but I am on the level of letting this game control my time.

We all fill our time with something. For some it is TV, for others it is sports, you can fill in the blank with whatever you want, but we all have our time zappers (terrible word choice, but it is the only one that fits). These are the things that can be fun in moderation, but can quickly become addictive and obsessive. Sometimes I think we need to stop and ask “Lord save us from Call of Duty.” Because in all reality the devil would love for me to continue to play, to get good, to be ranked high, to get a gaming headset, he would like for me to sit on the coach all day and play video games. Right now I am at a stage in my life where motivation has left the room. I find it difficult to sit down and complete basic task, talk on the phone, or even write. But today I am asking God to save me from myself.

What is your “Call of Duty?” What do you need saved from today?

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • dannyjbixby

    My COD is appropriately another video game: DOTA. It's a mod for warcraft III….it's crazy awesome.

  • http://morethanuseless.com/ Tom

    I've gotta be very careful in playing video games. When I was young, I was all about 'em. In high school, Zelda was my poison – I'd get down in our basement and would play the game for hours on end. I'd sleep when I got tired and would wake up and continue playing. Since I was in the basement, I'd lose track of what time it actually was. Not good.

    As I've gotten older, I still play games but I set pretty strict boundaries for myself. I don't play any of the cooperative online stuff, nor will I play games that don't technically have a definitive end (any of the MMORPGS like WoW). Too many other things that I should be focusing on than leveling up my character these days.

    Definitely not worth it. Plus, I like other stuff I do, too ;).

  • Jeff

    Kyle,

    1. Thanks for the call out.

    2. I can absolutely relate to your post. I was involved in a few computer games that were very addictive and while I didn't play as much as “the other guys” it was still a lot of time wasted. I find myself sometimes wishing i had an Xbox360 so that i could play all the new COD games and essentially escape the problems of the day, but ultimately I know it would not be a positive thing.

    Keep up the writing buddy.

  • AdrianaFeliz

    I used to be addicted to The Sims (the original, so it was a while back) I can't remember why I stopped playing, but it was definitely for the best.

    What are YOU doing to save yourself from COD?

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

      Great question, I am right in the midst of it right now.
      Really overtaken by the fact that I do not have a job therefore I have some time on my hands.
      There is only so much time I can spend writing, reading, and in front of the computer to where i want to mind dump.

      • AdrianaFeliz

        I used to spend my whole day sleeping, physically or mentally (by not being fully “there”). So realizing I had so much time on my hands I learned French and started swimming… basically cultivating a new, healthier hobby (& relationships while you're at it!), it helps.

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