When I told our granddaughter Emma she couldn’t play on our treadmill, she asked if I liked playing on it.
“No, but I need the exercise.”
With wisdom beyond her 9 years, she asked, “Why are things fun when we're too young to do them, but not fun when we're old enough?”
Ah! From the mouth of babes.
Being "too young" makes everything, even chores, more fun. Children can do the same thing 1000 times. They get excited by a bug and play all day with an old box.
What happens as we age?
Why do we lose pleasure for the simple, ordinary things? I think it’s partly associated with ungratefulness: we forget how blessed we are to be part of this big, wonderful, mysterious world that God created.
Enjoying simple pleasures and marveling at God’s creation is an aspect of childlike faith. Is there something you can joyfully "play" at today? Why not do it! (1 Thessalonians 5:16, NLT)