Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Hungar Games

The following excerpts are taken from a recent blog written by Winston Smith, noted author and professor at the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation as he reflected on The Hunger Games.  

The Games, a novel by Suzanne Collins and recent blockbuster movie features a gladiatorial contest in which each district of twelve districts is required to offer two “tributes”, one boy and one girl who are required to battle the other tributes to the death.  In a setting in which every action determines survival, the Hunger Games invite us to wrestle with some very basic questions: What is the point of existence or survival? Is there anything more important than my own wants and needs, no matter how pressing? Is there anything worth living or dying for?   The Hunger Games call our attention to one of the characteristics that most defines us, our appetites. The things that you hunger for most, the things that you believe you must have to survive; these are the things that most powerfully shape your identity.

 What is my personal hierarchy of needs?” … Whatever you need the most, whatever you hunger for, that’s what you will construct your life around. Of course, pondering those questions is easy in dispassionate moments. You can give the “right” answers, or at least the answers you think you’re supposed to give. But the more accurate answers emerge when you face trials and temptations… Let’s be honest. We find it hard to trust God. We’d rather trust in ourselves and pursue our own agenda, what’s best for us…” 

As you reflect on your life and more specifically your marriage what do you hunger for?  Are you looking for your spouse to complete you, to meet your expectations, to help you to become self-actualized, to make you happy and/or to fill the huge void that craves to be filled with affirmation and affection?

Or as you face trials, particularly in your marriage do you hunger for relief or do you recognize them as times when God is attempting to grow you and to make you spiritually stronger?  Do you see your spouse as someone who detracts from your joy or a partner and instrument in the Redeemer’s hands?

What you hunger for will determine your feelings and your behavior.  God doesn’t want us to be in survival mode nor to look to be fulfilled by anyone but Him.  God wants you to thirst for Him as the deer pants for streams of water. (Ps. 42:1-2)

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