Wanna Play? Again

Note: This post starts like a similar post titled “Wanna Play?”, but it is different.  I hope you will take the time to read and comment.

When we were kids, there was a invitation offered on many days.  There was no plan, no agenda, no schedule, and no parameters.  The play was whatever the group came up with.  It might be a game, it might be exploring the woods just beyond the neighborhood.  It might be playing house.  The options were endless.  We let our imaginations soar.  We did not worry about acceptable play.  We allowed ourselves to just be, sometimes pretending to be that which we were not.

As adults, we lose this carefree attitude.  As we lose our ability to play, and our ability to invite others to play, we become . . . .confined.  We are confined by our pre-arranged plans, reality, expectations, and our roles.  We become more stressed because there is less time to allow life to flow freely.  This does not seem to be Jesus goal for us.

Jesus played, prayed, and worked.  Jesus had time for relationships.  Jesus took as long or as short a time in a place as was needed.  Sometimes he lingered over a meal or a visit.  Sometimes he hung out with children.  He seemed willing and open to whatever invitation presented itself.

Are you open to the invitation to let go of pre-conceived notions and agendas? 

Do you wanna play?

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2 thoughts on “Wanna Play? Again

  1. It seems like, often, “fun” takes the form of the alleviation of stress rather than the addition of something pleasant. I’m even thinking of some online games – Farmville being one – that are based on this dynamic.

    There’s nothing bad about removing something unpleasant but as I read this post, it occurs to me that the adult version of play is often exactly this, negative (taking something away) reinforcement rather than positive (adding something) reinforcement like the kids’ version of play.

    As adults, it’s hard to answer “What would you do if you could whatever you wanted?” We lose our imagination and instead answer that question mostly in terms that are amplified forms of what we normally do.

    Here’s the kicker, though. Those agendas and pre-conceived notions give us a feeling of predictability which equals safety. If you really believe that you are free from the rule of sin and death, if you really believe that any sin is forgiven in the instant that it’s committed and that you are already living eternally, then you don’t need a predictable routine for safety.

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