Why can’t life be one long summer?
I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to spend the afternoon slipping and sliding all of my worries away. Trust me when I say that you had to do a full sprint to build up enough momentum to get all the way down this slip ‘n slide we had on a flat side yard. However, the kids couldn’t have cared any less that this slip ‘n slide wasn’t on a gigantic hill and moving super quickly. We had kids and high schoolers alike sending it down the slip ‘n slide without a care in the world—other than the pain felt when sliding incorrectly, of course.
The laughter and joy of kids is simply infectious. In Luke 18:16, a bunch of kids came up to Jesus, and the disciples immediately scolded the parents for letting the kids bother Jesus. Meanwhile, Jesus tells all the kids to come to Him and tells the disciples that the Kingdom of God belongs to people like those kids.
As a lot of us are gearing up for another big school or work year, let's not lose sight of this interaction Jesus had with these little kids. I know you lead people. I know you have a lot on your plate as a parent. I know you work hard. I know other people depend on you. I know you need to provide for your family. I know you need to make sales. I know your job takes a tremendous amount of focus and attention to detail. I know the weight and responsibility you feel. In the midst of all of this, however, God is calling us to have the joy, faith, and attitude of little kids.
Life might really feel like one long summer if we chose to live a little more like kids. That doesn’t mean being childish; rather, Jesus is calling us to be child-like.
Before you give me a million reasons why life can’t be one long summer, jot down some reasons why you love summer. How can you live a little more like a kid with a big smile, giddy to go flying down a slip ‘n slide even as you go about your professional life?