Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wanna Play?

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14

 I spent the past two weeks in Pennsylvania playing with my 4-year-old grandson and 2-year-old granddaughter. I read books, worked puzzles, and played out in the back yard,

We flopped on the floor with a box of crayons and some pictures and joyfully colored outside the lines: green sky, purple dogs, yellow houses with red dots.

At the park, I watched them squeal as they slid down the slide and pushed the swing harder when they yelled, “Higher!”

They screamed with delight as they ran in and out of the water jets at the spray park.

We giggled and laughed and played until we were all pooped.

For too short a time, they’ll live with joy and reckless abandon.

Then it will be over.

What happens?

We grow up and, somehow, we forget how to play.

We bury ourselves in responsibilities: marriage, homes, children, finances…the list goes on.

We forget to be carefree.

We give up on reckless abandon because it’s, well, reckless.

Can you remember when laughter filled your days?

When did you swing last?
Have a water fight at the pool?

Sure people might look at you funny but, trust me, it’s envy!

Yes, we’re grownup with grown-up responsibilities.

Why should that dampen our joy?

Why should that squelch our enjoyment of life to the fullest?

Go ahead, have fun at the park.

Color with crazy colors and dare to go outside the lines.

Laughter is the best medicine – make a habit out of it.


Personally, there’s nothing like the soaring through the air on a swing.

Maybe I’ll go to the park today!


Is fun and silliness a part of your life?

What would you love to do that you haven’t done in a long time?




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