Time to Play

posted Mar 13, 2015, 10:38 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated Mar 13, 2015, 10:38 AM by in apropos ]
March 15, Lent IV 
Presenters: Sallie Dunning and Peggy Heywood

Children play. Play is an innate, God-given inclination, which we can spot in the youngest of babies. From our earliest age, we play-- delight, savor, frolic, laugh, fool around.  Our imagination lets us create endless possibilities in the world around us. For a child an empty box often inspires more inviting possibilities that the toy it contained. True play does not depend on the world beyond us, but comes from the world within us.
Imagination and playtime and daydreaming are not just for kids. We hear about how the most successful companies build playtime and play spaces into their offices and schedules: ping-pong tables in the break-room; corporate zip-lining retreats. Often the best ideas come to us as we play with opportunities, when we collaborate on innovations and when we think outside the box then create something new. Play renews us.
Play can revive every part of our selves and our lives, from our work life to our relationships, including our relationship with God. “To play” or enjoy, relish, revel in, recreate can renew us in powerful ways. Spend some time this week remembering what you used to enjoy, what you found fun doing alone or with a friend. Give yourself permission to try something just for the fun of it. Allow yourself to experience something delightful, be in the moment, do something for sheer enjoyment.
Jesus invites us to be children of God: “Unless you change and become like children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”.  Join us Sunday and rediscover your inner child.

Peggy Heywood