Did you see it? Tell me you saw it… you HAD to. I know it wasn’t much… but for those of us who have been patiently waiting for this moment, it was MORE than enough. The image of Revan’s iconic hood and mask being illuminated by one flick of the lightsaber… the words remake flashing across the screen… okay, okay, I have to stay calm. We don’t even know when the newly confirmed “Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic” is being released, but after years of rumors and teases it was nice to finally see visual confirmation that the remake of Knights of the Old Republic (Or KOTOR to save me some typing) is finally on it’s way. Now if you don’t have a PlayStation 5 (and we don’t), that situation will need to be remedied with urgency because that is the only platform this title has been announced for. Surprising, considering the original was an Xbox and PC exclusive… but to be honest it may be for the best. Creating new games are challenging enough, and remaking an iconic title such as this one will require a level of finesse that would only be more difficult if multiple console versions were being developed simultaneously. I just… I kind of wish it was being developed on something I already owned, or at least was in a better position to acquire. I have a bad feeling about that money jar we have been filling up for our Paradise Falls adventure… I don’t think it’s going to make it.
I’m not excited about this coming exclusively to PS5 (mostly due to my lack of one), but to be honest it is probably for the best. The last thing any of us want is another CyberPunk 2077 disaster in which the developer attempted to make the game for so many different platforms that it wasn’t truly successful with ANY of them. Remakes are already a difficult balancing act between appeasing long-time fans and attracting a new audience. Even an incredibly successful and faithful remake such as last year’s Final Fantasy VII remake was still met with mixed reviews, as the enhancements to the play style and story were not fully appreciated by those who wanted the remake to more closely resemble the original. I suppose we have to ask ourselves what we are truly seeking out of these remakes… do we just want to see the classic game enhanced with crisper visuals, higher framerates, and better textures? Or are we truly interested in seeing our current technology merged with the story and characters we loved to create something new, fresh, and original? Delivering a remake that is truly worthy of this all-time classic story means that the developer must understand their limitations, even if that means that they will be unable to meet the desires and demands of their entire potential audience across the other platforms.
If we are being honest we all struggle with balance… our awareness of our own mortality and the limited time we have on this planet compels us to over-extend ourselves beyond our practical bandwidth in order to be everything to everyone. We hear impractical phrases such as “giving 110%” or even well meaning concepts such as “Seize the day!” and interpret these as a reason to exhaust ourselves across every area of our lives. We wear many hats regardless of our belief in Christ as sons/daughters, brothers/sisters, husbands/wives, fathers/mothers, students/teachers, employees/employers… and then we add the complexity of being a follower of Christ with a unique calling on our lives that impacts each and every one of those areas while adding a few more. Our finite time on this planet is an incredible gift, but it can quickly become an unbearable burden if we are not aware of (and most importantly accepting of) our own limitations. And if you are overwhelmed by the constant pressures and demands of life, you are not alone… and there IS a solution. But to find it we have to take a deeper look at the life of a classic over-achiever… Moses.
Moses had a LOT going on… he was a husband, a father, and he also happened to freelance on the side as the DELIVERER of an entire NATION. Moses was responsible for leading, guiding, and constantly disciplining a stubborn group of people to the Promised Land… he was the ORIGINAL “are we there yet?” road trip dad. The whole trip all he heard from the backseat of this minivan was “What are we going to eat?” (Exodus 16:3), “I’m thirsty!” (Exodus 17:2), “I want to go back home!” (Numbers 14:4), and eventually Moses had enough. He pulled this minivan full of crying children over to the side of the road and decided he simply couldn’t do it anymore. And if we are being honest, most of us have lifted up a prayer that bears a lot of similarities to what we see from Moses below…
Numbers 11:10-15 Then Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, everyone at the door of his tent; and the anger of the Lord was greatly aroused; Moses also was displeased. So Moses said to the Lord, “Why have You afflicted Your servant? And why have I not found favor in Your sight, that You have laid the burden of all these people on me? Did I conceive all these people? Did I beget them, that You should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a guardian carries a nursing child,’ to the land which You swore to their fathers? Where am I to get meat to give to all these people? For they weep all over me, saying, ‘Give us meat, that we may eat.’ I am not able to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me. If You treat me like this, please kill me here and now—if I have found favor in Your sight—and do not let me see my wretchedness!”
Have you been there, with this half-crazed look in your eyes? Or perhaps are you here right now… feeling under-appreciated, over-whelmed, and collapsing under the weight of the massive burden you are carrying? The truth is that this burden is not designed to be carried alone… even Moses, arguably the greatest leader of people in recorded history, reached the maximum capacity of his capabilities and needed to understand and accept his limitations. And the Lord didn’t tell Moses to simply figure it out or pray for additional strength… He told Moses to SHARE the burden with others.
Numbers 11:16-17 So the Lord said to Moses: “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tabernacle of meeting, that they may stand there with you. Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone.
While the Lord has promised to make our burden light, He never said that our lives would be FREE from burdens (Matthew 11:28-30). But these burdens were never meant to be carried alone, and I am not just talking about the presence of Christ in our lives. When Jesus sent out His disciples to share His message He sent them in pairs (Luke 10:1, Mark 6:7), and when we find Paul embarking on his missionary journeys we find him accompanied by Barnabas or Silas. But before we wrap up this concept, let’s get back to Moses one more time because it seems he is still trying to do this all on his own and had one more lesson to learn….
Exodus 18:13-18 And so it was, on the next day, that Moses sat to judge the people; and the people stood before Moses from morning until evening. So when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he did for the people, he said, “What is this thing that you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit, and all the people stand before you from morning until evening?” And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God. When they have a difficulty, they come to me, and I judge between one and another; and I make known the statutes of God and His laws.” So Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you do is not good. Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself.
Even though Moses’s heart was in the right place, it was obvious to his father-in-law that this was simply not sustainable. Moses would continue to be overwhelmed by his calling until he accepted that he simply could not do it all. While every matter was important, it didn’t mean that every one of them was HIS problem to solve. As Moses had to learn, he couldn’t do this alone, and he definitely couldnt’t do it all.
Exodus 18:19-26 Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you: Stand before God for the people, so that you may bring the difficulties to God. And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do. Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. Then it will be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they themselves shall judge. So it will be easier for you, for they will bear the burden with you. If you do this thing, and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all this people will also go to their place in peace.” So Moses heeded the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he had said. And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people: rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. So they judged the people at all times; the hard cases they brought to Moses, but they judged every small case themselves.
Moses was overwhelmed and distracted from performing the most important parts of his calling because he was bogged down with doing EVERYTHING. He simply couldn’t be everything to everyone… he had to be the Moses they NEEDED, not the Moses that they wanted him to be. His intentions were pure, but he still had to restrict some of their access to him and learn to say no… not because their needs were unimportant, but because there were other priorities he had to fulfill and a physical limit to the resources he possessed. Similar to us, he needed to exercise discipline and limit himself to those parts that ONLY he could do… and by doing so Moses not only fulfilled his calling, but created the space so that these other leaders could fulfill their destinies as well.
The decision by the studio remaking KOTOR to restrict themselves to building this game on only ONE platform is not the most popular decision they could have made… but as much as it inconveniences me personally, it is the RIGHT one. This game is in my top five video games of all time, and the last thing I want is a broken version of it to be released to the public. KOTOR is a story that definitely deserves to be played by everyone… but it is better for one complete, bug and glitch-free version to be released than for all of us to experience a hollow and broken shell of this classic. And the story that the Lord is telling through OUR lives is a classic as well… but it is an adventure that is going to require us to understand and accept our limitations as well if we are going to build something worthy of standing the test of time. Others may not understand why we have to decline some invitations, delegate some activities, or take on additional partners… but for the sake of our health and sanity as well as successfully fulfilling our most critical roles, we MUST make those decisions. And by demonstrating this discretion, others will be able to step up and fulfill the roles that THEY were designed to do… as soon as we get out of their way.
We all have limited time and resources on this planet, and there is no shortage of worthy causes to support and people in need of our time. But we are the BODY of Christ for a reason (1 Cor. 12)… we cannot do this alone, and none of us can do it ALL. If we are feeling overwhelmed, overburdened, or are just plain OVER it… it is time to take an honest look at what is MOST important and those things that ONLY we can do. Allow the Lord to reveal which activities are not necessary or perhaps are burdens designed to be shared with our fellow members of the body. While we may think we are being helpful, we may be guilty of not only limiting our own potential, but preventing someone else’s growth as well. Every one of us has a calling, and these callings are designed to be interdependent on each other. Even Christ took a nap when He needed one (Mark 4:38), and He let the professional fisherman on His team do the fishing when it was time to pay the taxes (Matthew 17:27)… allow yourself the luxury of REST and SHARE your burdens as well.
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