Lessons From Fruit Ninja

Keeping with my life lessons from ____ posts (read those here & here), I thought I’d give Fruit Ninja a try.

If you’ve never played Fruit Ninja, the concept is quite simple. Fruit flies up from the bottom of the screen and you have to use your finger to slice the fruit before it goes back down off the screen. Occasionally, you get other stuff flying that isn’t fruit… it’s important that you don’t slice this stuff. If you do, the game is over. The object is to slice as much fruit as possible. That being said, here are 3 lessons we can learn from this addictive mobile phone game…

1. Know Your Target.

In Fruit Ninja, your target is the fruit. In life, we have to learn what our target (or calling) is. If we spend our time chasing everything that comes across as an opportunity, chances are, we don’t achieve anything. We have to know what we were meant to do. Where our passions lie and where our gifts are help determine what our target is. Of course, ultimately, we have to hear God speak and tell us our target.

2. Know Your Method.

When playing Fruit Ninja, the method is slicing. Touching the screen with your finger does not good, you have to make a slicing motion. In life or ministry, we have to pursue our target with the right method. It’s not just enough to know where we’re going, we have to have a plan and a strategy for getting there.

3. Know Your Limits.

Playing Fruit Ninja means you don’t slice anything but the fruit. If you try to do too much, the game is over. In life, leadership, and ministry, it’s much the same way. We all have limits. It doesn’t matter how talented or gifted we are, we’ll eventually run out if we don’t limit ourselves on what we do and how much time we spend doing it. It’s important that we take regular times to get away, recharge, and retreat.

If you’ve played Fruit Ninja, what can you learn?

23 Comments

  1. I will pass on playing on Fruit Ninja, cause between blogging, tweeting and facebooking, I think if I played Fruit Ninja I might never see my family and friends. ;) See, I know my limits!
    Nice post, nice comparison.

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  2. Another game I could easily become addicted to! Must. Not. Download! lol

    Seriously though, you posted some great lessons. We all have a unique calling and purpose on our lives and need to find what that is, what our strategy is and what are limitations are. I know I’ve jumped on the every opportunity bus before, and it left me tired, frustrated and burnt out. We need to know what God has called us to, focus on that, and be able to say no to the countless opportunties that pop up and try to distract us.

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  3. There are life lessons that can be learned from games aren’t there?

    We do need to know where we are going, what we are called to do, and in whose strength we will do it.

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  4. My two year old plays this game… Scary thought of what kids will be able to do with tech in the future as young as they are exposed to it these days…

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  5. I’m glad I don’t have an iPhone because I would play games all the time to try and figure out life lessons from them. luckily, i have your blogs to plant the sweet seeds of wisdom instead ;)

    keep up the great blogs, jonathan!

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  6. Hello, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam remarks? If so how do you reduce it, any plugin or anything you can recommend? I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any help is very much appreciated.

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