A Playful Hallelujah Chorus

LOC12PLAYFLAC1I was very encouraged and humbled by the blog post over at Sighs & Hallelujahs responding to my August Sojourners column On the Seventh Day, God Played. My thanks go out to him. I need a daily reminder on what God intends for our life and love.

Have a read:

Last week I read an article in Sojourners magazine by Rose Marie Berger titled “On the Seventh Day, God Played.”  Just by the title of the article you get a sense of her main points: that we don’t rest and play enough; and that we need to incorporate play into our lives more if we want to imitate God.

Granted, I was on vacation when I read this — a vacation that was filled with rest and play. But, the point remains pertinent to me tonight as I feel like writing a blog post is the final thing to check-off my to do list for the weekend. The concept that play is holy and necessary is freeing. You mean I don’t always have to be productive? …

As Berger notes in her article, Christians often fail the worst at incorporating play into their lifestyles. “The ‘Protestant work ethic’,” she says, “has left us with a slight religious distaste for fun.” So, some of us have that working against us.

But, I find that I often have another thing working against me as a man born without arms. The best I can describe the feeling is that I feel like I live life “working from a deficit.” In other words, due to my disability I often feel like I need to put in more effort (or play less) in order to make up for what I lack physically. I type slower than some others, so I need to work extra hours to make up for that. I need your help to replace a light bulb in my condo, so I do all I can to help you in other ways to make up for it. You may think less of me due to my lack of arms, so I’ll make sure my car, house or work space is clean in order to impress you. Sounds crazy, huh? When you feel less than those around you, you’ll do interesting things to compensate for it.

Read his whole post here.

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