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kid professor’s

25 Apr

Anika+ Naomi- these are my teachers.

And he said:

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
-Matthew 18:3

When I think of adulthood often the first word that comes to mind is responsibility- getting things done. We pass through the streams of adolescence and enter the gates of obligation at some point. Lists are formed. Expectations are looming. Papers and deadlines are due. There is always something. The minute we strike through one chore another is knocking on our front door.

It’s no wonder one of the first things to go is our playfulness as adults. We as grown ups can increasingly feel like life is “all work and no play.” Play feels wasteful. Purposeless. Irresponsible. How can you justify playing a round of golf when you haven’t finished your reports? Or how is that you want to dig your toes in the warm sand or hike up a fresh spring mountain trail when the garage still looks like a toronado ran through it?

What did Jesus really mean when he told his most trusted friends + followers they must become child like to enter the Kingdom of God? Are all the other virtues of children- wonder, innocence, trust, curiosity- so severed from playfulness??

When I rush to get my neighbor’s little girls out of my house because I don’t want to read them a Disney story, or when I don’t believe I have time to play with my wife because it is a “waste of time” – then I’m afraid I am living like I am almost out of time. Time becomes limited rather than abundant. It becomes a possession rather than a gift. I cling to it. Hoard it.

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It says in the ancient texts,

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” (Proverbs 19:21)

This changes everything.

The playful moments to tickle my wife, laughing till our hearts crackle with joy, or the pitter patters of little feet coming up my stairs -wide eyed wondrous 3 and 5 year olds wanting to hear about Simba and Cinderella, are invitations. To play. To trust. To follow Jesus.

When we realize that play nudges us against heaven, where we lose track of time and trust in a God who is Lord over every hour and moment of our day, we learn we are actually NOT short of days. “We are heirs of eternity.”1

In God’s Kingdom, maybe we need to “waste” some time in order to redeem some.

I have been reading a great book called The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan(1). Much of this post is influenced by his writings and teachings for which I am grateful. Check out more of his book here.

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