It’s easy to be a spectator, watching from the sideline, making comments & suggestions. It’s an entirely different experience to participate rather than spectate. This principle rings true in all kinds of contexts:
attending church in contrast to being an active participant,
watching people struggle with problems in contrast to helping people with prayer & presence,
only reading the Bible rather than applying what the Bible says.
Let’s never forget that God put skin in the game for humanity by letting Jesus become God in the flesh. So let’s be sure that we continue to imitate Jesus in our daily living by being active conduits for God’s presence wherever we go & in whatever we do!
Do you like otters? They seem to be a party wherever they go with lots of humor, energy and a playfull mindset! I’ve always enjoyed watching them, maybe because I bend toward a serious nature & the contrast is refreshing!
Otters remind me that there’s a playful side to wisdom, from Proverbs 8:30-31. In these verses, you can also replace the word rejoice with the word play since the word in Hebrew is used both ways:
Then I [Wisdom] was beside Him, as a master workman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him, Rejoicing in the world, His earth, And having my delight in the sons of men.
Sometimes we would be wise to lighten up and be a little playful! Here’s a joke that could help:
What’s the one vegetable Noah refused to bring on the ark?
When my kids were younger, we used to play hide & seek. I had boatloads of fun coming up with all kinds of creative places to hide (in cupboards, under cushions, across chairs, etc). Hide & seek is a fun game but not fun in the context of relationships. Marriages, friendships & families can quickly unravel when a person hides & gets secretive about their life.
In the context of our relationship with God, hiding has never been helpful, particularly in light of the knowledge that God knows everything, so hiding with God is pointless. Consider Adam’s efforts to hide in the Garden of Eden – it didn’t really work. While I can appreciate that it’s not always safe to be thoroughly transparent with everyone all the time, let’s be mindful in our relationship with God to be vulnerable, transparent, available & present. Don’t hide with God 🙂
When I was in high school, I played basketball & I TOTALLY loved getting to play!! I enjoyed everything about basketball but most of all, I loved playing in games. In contrast, I didn’t enjoy sitting on the bench nearly as much as playing – after all, we spent hours practicing so that we could be useful & add value in the games.
In a similar way, let’s give Jesus access to “play” & participate in our daily living, rather than benching Jesus & only letting Him play on Sunday’s or during appropriate religious events 🙂
Let’s also not keep Jesus as a spectator in our lives but rather an invited, welcomed & integrated into every prt of each day!
I live in Denver and we’re having a really lovely snowstorm – it’s beautiful, quiet and abundant! My kids have been playing in it for most of the day because school was closed due to the snow. I was driving around in it a bit earlier and I’ve noticed a few things that can be helpful not only w a snowstorm but also with life:
clothing is like our attitudes: the right attitude can turn many hardships into some great potential fun
together is better than alone: playing in the snow is much better with a friend than alone and the same is true for hardships
time changes things: in the Summer its hard to imagine snow and in the Winter it’s hard to imagine 90 degree heat, but its only a matter of time until things change
teamwork can clear off alot of driveways, or so they say ,)