Anytime I read a book by a North American author, I’m reminded of the fact that you and I take work seriously.
- We want to perform well.
- We want to discover new methods of efficiency.
- We want to lead powerfully and effectively.
But, as we enter into the holiday season, I think we need to remember how to play.
I’ve expressed my lack of interest in following the traditional ‘circle of life‘.
Play >> School >> Work >> Play Again
Instead of setting these activities up in a linear fashion (where we chronologically devote a part of our lives to each stage), why not integrate them and highlight the importance of all of them?
I’ve always been a sucker for the phrase ‘work hard and play hard’.
That’s one reason why I liked that my wife was a school teacher. She’d get the summers off so we could work and play all summer.
I even quit a job once because they wouldn’t’ give me five weeks off in the summer (not that I blame them). I figured why keep working if they weren’t going to let me play?
I think there’s something wrong with us when we feel guilty about taking all our vacation days. There’s a problem when we think we’re so important the world might cease if we stop working.
Remember, Jesus told us that while the farmer slept, the seed kept growing.
I wonder if the same would be true if the farmer went out and played. Would the seed keep growing?
I think it would.
This week, I’ll be entering into into a setting I find very difficult.
It’s called village life.
One of the things I find hard about it (in addition to having a sore back from sleeping on the ground and using pit toilets) is there’s nothing to do.
We talk. We eat. We study. We meet.
But, a day is like a thousand years, because time moves so slowly.
Still, I like it because it reminds me of how fast a pace I usually move. It reminds me of how important it is to stop. It reminds me that God made me for play too, not just for work.
Don’t be too busy working this holiday season that you forget to play.
Make a snowman. Wrestle with your kids. Do a craft. Make home made Christmas gifts.
Discover and enjoy whatever it is that you find fun.
Stop. Relax. Play.