Spring is Here! Summer is Coming… Playtime!

Jimmarkgktats

And kids of all ages are going out to play!

It occurred to me today that some folks as they get old, get brittle.

My sweet wife Wendi has on occasion said “You were -born- old!”
meaning “Glenn you are often SOOO serious… lighten up some…” and
of course she’s correct most of the time!

It’s true, I AM pretty serious. Seemed like life was and is at core, a
very serious matter in that you only get to do it one time through on
this planet.

Those with eternal life via faith in jesus and His work on the cross
inherit eternal life… so that being settled, the everyday questions
are about good stewardship of time.

Yet, as serious and true as all this is, I’m also convinced that
Father, Son and Spirit are NOT fun cops!! He DID come to give us
“life- and life more abundantly”.

The older I get the more I recognize the importance- even how
-essential- it is for adults (as well as kids) to truly play. Yes,
PLAY!

Will you find that in the Bible? Here and there, but again, the Bible
is not primarily about play and fun, therefore some have decided to
bury it.

There is something about jesus being around children. My wife and I
have raised several and we have several grandchildren… and I can
tell you that part of loving them is simply interacting with them in
some manner and level of play.

Adults play, and need playtime too! But we may think of it not only in
terms of sport which is not only exercise but often play on our part.
But via many other hobbies, yard-sale trips, watching or reading
through National Geographic or perhaps some other area of interest
that is not strictly (in the overt sense) “Spiritual”. And there is
nothing wrong with it when done with a view to loving God, family,
neighbor, considering the time and financial investment and of course
keeping other priorities in some sane and biblical sense of order.

The problem is that many adults have given up play. And if we don’t
involve ourselves (for whatever reasons) with children, we perhaps
don’t consider the health and indeed wealth, the benefits of playtime
as older human beings.

Sour, staid, stuck-in-the-mud people are not a pleasure, they bring
greater burdens to an already-burdened world… and yes, church!

Making time to play, realizing the value of rest, of something other
than sabbath rest which is also needful and in fact commanded by the
Lord… this is all worthy of not only consideration but application.

God is NOT a “fun cop”. and neither should you or I be!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂 -Glenn

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