Wednesday, August 10, 2011

the world's tiny tower.

I have an old phone. I like my phone a lot. It lets me talk. It lets me text. It can take pictures. That's about it. But I mean...why would I need a crazy intelligent phone that is basically a mini computer? I don't even have a real job yet. I know that people say once you have a fancy phone you never go back. I'm going to prolong that as much as possible.

Jordan, on the other hand, travels with work frequently. So he upgraded to the pocket computer talking device a while ago. Since Jordan now has a fancy smart phone, I have the privilege of using his old iTouch whenever he doesn't need it. You may think that I would get a bunch of apps and use Facebook on it and even do blog stuff on it. But no. I've only downloaded one app. That app is Tiny Tower.

What is Tiny Tower? It's a game where you build a tower floor by floor. People (they're called "Bitizens") move into your tower and you hire them for jobs as you build more floors. For example, so far I have a burger place, an Asian restaurant, a museum, barber shop, bookstore, video store, photo studio, and apartments for my Bitizens. My friend Carrie has gotten me hooked on this game. Whenever I have a dull moment during the day, I am probably restocking my stores and hiring Bitizens (if I'm not texting Jordan). They even have their own Facebook (it's called Bitbook) where the Bitizens post statuses. Awesome, I know.

Okay so this is a huge time waster I know this. I promise I don't work on my Tiny Tower while I'm driving. Promise. But I do have a point in telling you about Tiny Tower.

The Bitizens all have different likes and dislikes. They also have a happy meter that shows you if they are at their ultimate level of happiness. You know how they can reach that top level of happiness? By landing their "dream job". If you build a store or restaurant or whatever and that place is their dream job, if you hire that Bitizen they will be fulfilled in their Tiny Tower life.

I can't help but relate this to real life. It's sooo like the real world. People go to school for years and years and work hard to eventually get their dream jobs. Which will make them happy. Or feel fulfilled. To give them a purpose. To make money. To support their families. So their kids can go to school for years and years and work hard to eventually get their dream jobs. And the cycle continues. I don't think my Bitizens can have kids but that'd be a nice add on.

I'm so thankful that the grace of God has given me an eternal purpose. Nothing I can do on my own is worthwhile. The only thing that matters is giving God glory. Which is something that I need to remind myself of everyday. (And when I'm spending too much time on my Tiny Tower.)

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth. - Exodus 9:16

I'm on the search for a full time job. In the real world. I do not want to be like a Bitizen. I don't want to search for a dream job that will make me happy. First of all, I'm already happy because I have the joy of the Lord regardless of my circumstances. I'm blessed beyond words. I have God's love, grace, and mercy. So I don't need a big income or a fun job to make me happy. I have to check my motives though, because my sinful nature tends to look only for jobs that sound exciting or fun, or that have a good paycheck.

I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill His purpose for me. - Psalm 57:2

I am crying out to God Most High. I am so thankful that He is sovereign. I have no idea what I'm going to be doing in the future, but I cannot figure it out on my own. I don't want my selfish desires to motivate my job search. It's not easy though. I need to focus on my relationship with Him first and foremost. Only then can I not be a Bitizen. Unlike Bitizens, I have a personal relationship with my Creator and Savior, Who gives me a reason to live. So I guess even if He never gives me a job, if I'm honoring Him then that's what matters. Only God knows.

This has been a subject that is constantly on my heart and in my head so it helps me to type it out. I appreciate your prayers so much. If you are on the job search too, then I'd love to talk to you about it and pray with you about it. Let's leave the Tiny Tower that this world offers us.

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. - Proverbs 19:21


  1. 1. When I first started reading this, all I could think about was the Sims. Oh what fun we had playing Sims :)
    2. I understand completely! I've been praying about my motives in finding a job this week! It's so hard...But at least we do have the hope and peace that so many people long for!

    I'm praying for your job search too :)

  2. I love how you related this game to real life. Great thoughts. Pray you are able to find the job the Lord wants for you soon. :)



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