Monday

Let's Play!

Childlike Faith, Enjoying simple pleasures, Enjoying God's Creation
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)

 
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14 comments:

  1. Hi Gail, ouch, I have not been enjoying my life the last week. And yes, its time to focus on all that God has blessed me with and how grateful I am. Needed to hear this.
    God bless
    Tracy

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    1. I always write things I need to hear myself, Tracy. I also need to enjoy God more.

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  2. Amen! I absolutely believe "play" helps keep us healthy, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Yay for play! :) This post reminds me of Romans 8:15, from The Message, a passage that has become part of my heartbeat: "This resurrection life you have received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a child-like, 'What's next, Papa?'" Thank you, Gail, for another encouraging, though-provoking and motivating post!

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    1. I love that passage in the Message. Thanks for sharing it, Kim.

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  3. Good morning, Gail. Thanks for the reminder to be thankful and rejoice. What a comparison between children and adults!!

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    1. Thanks for taking time to comment, Judith. Bless you, Gail

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  4. Love this!!!! :) May it be a day abundant in enjoying the simplest of pleasures provided by our great God!

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  5. Oh wow, you hit the nail on the head with this one.

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  6. So true! that's one thing I love about my 3 and 5 year old - they 'force' me to play. I also go to a fitness class (Christ-centered, called Revelation Wellness) and in every class, at the end, the instructor makes us 'play' - it's so fun to see 30 grown men and women chasing each other like kids on a playground or trying to keep a balloon off the ground with only their heads. It's fun and reminds me to make time to play!

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  7. So true! Thanks for sharing this reminder with Thrive @ Home!

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  8. ahh yes, so true! My kids used to love to vacuum when they were little, now it's part of their chores and they HATE it, but I guess I am the same when with a lot of things too. Things lose their nostalgia quickly.

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  9. It is so true! Surely we are made to have faith like a child... & enjoy & laugh like children! love this. thank you for sharing with heart+home!
    blessings,
    lauren

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  10. Things are definitely more fun when you make them into a game or like play. I need to do that with the laundry, but I haven't figured out how yet. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

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