[Picture courtesy of @jacobmilea]

Anthony Hoisington asked me to sit in with Brothers McClurg on two songs for worship this morning at New Life.

What a treat.

I appreciated his kindness and desire to honor our house. But I also loved his desire to just play.

Sometimes we need to just play. Because while life’s certainly about responsibilities, stewardship, faithfulness and progression, God ultimately made our lives to be enjoyed by Him, with Him and for Him.

Notice the word enjoy there. It echoes what Jesus said in John 10:10 when he was talking about the reason he came to the earth:

The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). (Amplified)

Sometimes in life, we just need to play. For the sake of playing.

I cherish my children for encouraging – and sometimes begrudgingly provoking – this behavior in me. Admittedly, I don’t always feel like playing. But there is tremendous value in doing so: responsibilities devoid of the inevitable pursuit of play are unsatisfying.

It’s also training for heaven. One day, your only responsibility will be to play with your Father. (Better start getting used to it).



Megan J. · 30 Apr ’12 at 11:50 am

I absolutely loved worship on Sunday. I even got to join in for ALL three services! Though, second service I was STANDING in the back, and actually HAD to look at the screen to see the worship going on. So many people!! What a great problem to have! Such a powerful weekend. I think the Holy Spirit was definitely there nice and strong all the way through the weekend! So amazing!

    Christopher Hopper · 30 Apr ’12 at 6:55 pm

    Totally agree with you; and yes, what marvelous problems to have!

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