The Biggest Decision In Your Life is Taught In MegaMan

biggest decision in your life

My grandma always taught me that choices are very important. “Are you making good choices?” she would often ask me in my teenage years. In fact, sometimes she still jokes about it.

It turns out, when I was a teenager, I was much less apt to make the right choices. When my grandma would inquire about the choices I was making, I usually just shrugged it off. As I have aged, however, I’ve learned that choices affect everything that we do.

I’ve also learned that most (if not all) choices are a direct affect of one “big choice” that everyone must make. That choice affects all of the smaller choices that you make, and if you make the right “big choice” it will alter your entire life for the better.

And before you make any assumptions, the “big choice” isn’t:

All of those things stem from making this one choice, though.

I love my grandma, but this website isn’t called Grandmafaith. It’s called Gamerfaith, so let’s talk about someone else that can help us understand this “big choice”… MegaMan!

The Biggest Decision In Your Life May Not Be What You Expect…

Biggest Decision In Your Life

For those of you (like my grandma) that have no idea what a MegaMan is; MegaMan is an action-packed platforming game that was originally released in 1987. The series follows a little blue robot named MegaMan (RockMan in Japan) who blasts, jumps, and slide-slide-slide’s his way through a series of dangerous missions set in the year 20XX.

These missions are put in place by a kind scientist named Dr. Light.

Dr. Light (along side his assistant Dr. Wily) works to create a series of robots to be used in the industrial aid of a city called Monsteropolis. These robots are each specifically designed to fulfill certain tasks, such as:

  • Cutting Wood
  • Working on Electrical Projects
  • Laboring in Extremely Unfavorable Temperatures

The problem arises when Dr. Light’s menacing assistant Dr. Wily decides to reprogram these robots. Dr. Wily then uses the reprogrammed robots to attack the city, try to take over the world, and become a generally mean guy that people don’t like to hang out with.

Dr. Light then prepares MegaMan to go on a mission to stop these baddies from hurting anyone. MegaMan does this by blasting his way through a series of tedious levels with a robotic cannon arm! Yes.

What made MegaMan so epic, however, wasn’t the blasting. After all, plenty of other side-scrollers had blasting. The reason MegaMan stood out was because it gave players the ability to choose the order in which they completed missions.

Example: When you start up the original Super Mario Bros, it takes you to level 1-1. When you beat level 1-1, it takes you to level 1-2. Want to guess what level it takes you to once you beat 1-2?

That’s right: You use the secret warp pipe and go to World 4 where you get spiky porcupine things thrown on your head by a cloud… but that’s not the point.

If you don’t use the secret warp pipe, you go to 1-3. Mario, Sonic, and most other side-scrollers follow this method of progression. Beat a level. Go to the next level on the list. Beat that level. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

When MegaMan came out, it shook things up. When you started up your NES and began playing, it took you to a blue screen with the words

SELECT STAGE

Around those words were a series of bad robots named:

  • Cutman
  • Gutsman
  • Elecman
  • Iceman
  • Fireman
  • Bombman

The first time you played a MegaMan game this choice seemed extremely difficult. What if the stage you selected was too hard? What if you did things in the wrong order? What if you didn’t play the game in the way that the developers intended?

What does this have to do with anything? Prepare for: Real-life comparison!

Making life decisions is scary too! What if you:

  • Pick the Wrong School or Major
  • Take the Wrong Job
  • Marry the Wrong Person
  • Pick the Wrong Character in Diddy Kong Racing

The thing about difficult life choices (and difficult MegaMan choices) is that they don’t need to be the main focus. If MegaMan players decided to wait around because they were too nervous about choosing a stage, they’d never get past the SELECT STAGE screen. Likewise, if we get hung up on a certain aspect of our lives (like a job or relationship) we might miss the opportunity to actually live a productive life.

So, how do we deal with a tough choice? What is the “Big Choice” I mentioned earlier? Hang with me, I promise I’m getting there…

How to Make a Difficult Choice

Biggest Decision In Your Life

So, how do you make a difficult decision?

First off: I always encourage readers to pray and seek out God. Don’t take my advice just because it’s written on a webpage. God knows best. Pray to Him. Seek Him. Open up your Bible.

With that being said, I’ll share a piece of advice that has helped me tremendously. I believe that God has helped me (more than I can explain) by helping me to learn something very important.

Super-simplify things by focusing on the main point. If you do this really well, a lot of the more complicated stuff can begin to fall into place. God can show you many new things.

In MegaMan the main point isn’t to go to the stages in a certain order. In fact, the main point isn’t even to stop all of the mean robots. The main point, ultimately, is to protect the world from Dr. Wily’s evil schemes. If MegaMan makes a choice to do this, all of the other choices will fall into place as a consequence.

In the same way, I believe that all of the choices in our life can stem from one overarching choice.

What is that choice? Drum-roll…

The Biggest Decision In Your Life is…

  • Are you going to live a life centered around the idea of loving God and loving others, or…
  • Are you going to live a life centered around the idea of serving selfish desires.

Matthew 22: 36-40 (ESV)

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Read all of Matthew 22 here!

 

Is your life reflecting the proper priority list?

I believe that your priority list contains three key components. God (The Creator), other people, and you. In what order do you prioritize those things in your life?

This is how I think it should be:

  1. God – The Creator
  2. Others – The Creations
  3. You – A Creation

On the contrary, many times it looks like this:

  1. You – A Creation
  2. Others – The Creations
  3. God – The Creator

There is obvious fault with the second list. It clearly reflects selfishness. It isn’t hard to spot someone who is living for themselves. In my opinion, this isn’t the only wrong option that we need to look out for. Often times (many times for proclaimed Christians) the list ends up seeming like:

  1. Others – The Creations
  2. You – A Creation
  3. God – The Creator

This list is potentially more dangerous than the second one, because it isn’t as obvious. You can feel like the nicest person in the world, but be doing it for the wrong reasons. You can donate tons of money to charity without having a real relationship with God. Ultimately, a real relationship with God is what matters. A real relationship with God bears fruit.

Mark 12:38-44 (ESV)

38 And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces 39 and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 40 who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” 41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

Read all of Mark 12!

But isn’t God egotistical to want to be at the top of the list? Absolutely not, and here’s why…

A key aspect to love, is to only ascribe the proper amount of worth to the thing or person that is being loved (Johnson 62). For example, the nature of reality is that we should not sacrifice the good of our child for the sake of our dog. That’s because children are worth more than animals. There is nothing egotistical about a child wanting to be loved more than a dog. A child is obviously worth more than a dog, and a dog is worth more than a rock (63).

How much more is The Creator infinitely more valuable than the creation? It isn’t egotistical for God to desire our love. Quite the opposite. It is, however, insulting for us to place other things above Him.

I encourage you to make the decision to love God and love others every single day. Don’t get so caught up in your own needs that you forget about the things that matter. We can accomplish this by following Christ. Make this really good BIG CHOICE so that many good smaller choices can result from it!

Hebrews 13:20-21 (ESV)

20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Read all of Hebrews 13 (ESV)

Love you guys!

-Caleb

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Works Cited

Johnson, Donald J. How to Talk to a Skeptic. Bloomington, Minnesota: Bethany House, 2013. 58-63. Print.

3 Comments

  • Jeremy Krlly says:

    This was really great and i would love to read more.

    • Caleb Nisley says:

      Hey Jeremy! Glad you liked this article! It always means a lot to me when people take the time to let me know they enjoyed reading something on Gamerfaith. I love oldschool games, so I’d been wanting to write one featuring MegaMan for a while. I just needed something meaningful that it related to. I believe God put it on my heart to write about life choices, and partway through the article it dawned on me that MegaMan fit the boot.

      If you want to read more, feel free to poke around the site and see if there’s anything you like 🙂 We have plenty of articles on a variety of topics. I’ve grown a lot in my relationship with God over the years, and some of the lessons I’ve learned are reflected on the site. We have articles with NES, Zelda, Sonic, Mario, The Avengers, Lord of the Rings, etc. themes, but ultimately, all the articles are meant to show how awesome our God is. His love is amazing!

      Hope you have a great day! Praying for you!

      -Caleb

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