Memorial Day seems to be the marker for most that summer has arrived. In Texas, we often feel the summer heat by March. But to me, it truly feels like summer when I see kids out playing in the sun all day long and enjoying their break from school.
As adults, we oftentimes don't get to play and enjoy breaks like we did as children. There's deadlines at work, projects around the house to complete and more. And usually when we do take time off from work, we're still worried about what chaos we'll come back to or even what needs to be done at home while we have the extra time away from work. Over time, we seem to lose that sense of joy and play in our lives.
We know joy is from the Lord, but what about play? I believe God is a playful God. After all, he created that innate desire in each of us to find ways to laugh, enjoy each other and play together.
"Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, 'The Lord has done great things for them.'" - Psalm 126:2
Look around at creation. Look at the variety of animals and species God created. Each piece of creation was created intentionally by his two hands. How can we make sure to enjoy it? While the fullness of joy and gladness will come to us in Heaven, I believe God wants for us to enjoy his creation on Earth today.
So this summer, how can you have moments of play? It's hard to stop our minds from running through the endless to-do lists, but I know for me, play and laughter always offers a fulfilling distraction and reminder of what really matters. Ask God to show you ways to play! Here are a few of my favorite ideas during summer:
- Run through the sprinklers with your kids
- Play a game of hide and seek or charades
- Enjoy a picnic outside with all your favorite snacks and observe nature
It doesn't matter how old you are, God has given us the gift of play and laughter. Why not embrace it?
Written by Emily Ahrens, director of digital communications for Buckner International.