In this short blog series about Wellness, I want to deal quickly with the idea of play. That's right. Play. We don't often think about play being spiritual. These posts may be the most important in more than a decade of me blogging.
This is what our lives look like. A bunch of unnecessary. Several years ago I watched a ted.com talk that challenged me to discipline my life in the area of play. And how play influences our health. And I want to take play to another level. To the areas of exercise, nutrition, rest, and wellness. Things like games, eating better, consistent sleep patterns, and exercise. Intentional disciplines that changed my life. And especially my spirituality.
We hear often that 'Leaders are readers' (education). But, I also believe that 'Leaders are players' (play), 'Leaders are eaters' (nutrition), 'Leaders are sleepers' (rest), and 'Leaders are weepers' (exercise).
Spirituality is not only about praying. Maybe we need to place more value on playing.
It's simple. You are actually being asked to play more. That should be great news. Why? Because we think play is a waste of time and counterproductive. Our culture has equated play or rest or recreation as a waste of time. But I'm telling you that play is crucial to your spiritual health.
It could be that we are too busy or that we are too lazy for play. What about an intentional middle? It could be that we fail to see the value of play. And that will take a change of thinking.
- When is the last time you played with an object? (ball, squeeze toy, or pencil)
- When is the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
- What is the last memory, conversation, event, or circumstance that caused you to laugh out of control?
- How do you relieve tension or stress from your life?
- Give an answer to the following questions by stating ‘DAILY’, ‘WEEKLY’, or ‘MONTHLY’:
Have you seen the commercial? A man is watching his favorite team on television and on the last play of the game they score a touchdown and win. He begins to celebrate wildly while the son records him jumping up and down and then running outside down the street screaming and yelling.
Not your style of play? How about this assignment for today? Forget the unnecessary. Focus on the necessary.
Play. Dream. Grab a toy or a ball. Make up a game. Don't step on the sidewalk or hallway cracks. Go to the park and play frisbee. Get together with friends and play board games. Take a nap. Eat more fruit and vegetables. Don't eat after 9 pm. And see if some of the tension in life sub-sides.
Jesus, Matthew 11