A Reminder to Stop and Play

We get so busy, don’t we? Each day presents us with so many tasks, urgent or not, that get in the way of our fun. Yet, every day we continue to engage in these tasks until the day is gone. I know, I know. It’s unavoidable. These tasks are often a part of our job and are absolutely necessary. We should definitely be doing them otherwise we would be out of work. 

However, there are many times when we overlook the need for play and just keep on pushing through those tasks. I am reminded often, by my children, that we need to take a break. Relax, find something fun to do, preferably with your family. You deserve it. But, even more so, it’s necessary.

Mondays are pretty hectic for me. There are meetings and trips to the school. I spend a decent amount of my day getting things ready for the rest of the week. Bible lessons must be developed. Staff and resident devotions get written. Monday leaves little room for extra activity. Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely love where I work. This is the most rewarding job that I have ever had. When you find something you love, it’s easy to get completely plugged into it.

This past Monday, Elisa took the kids over to Midway Baptist Church for a homeschool event while I was in a meeting. The meeting ended just in time for us to pick the kids back up but then we would be moving on to the next item on the daily schedule. I was ready to go early and was beginning to feel anxious about getting everything done in time. However, my son Caleb wanted to play.

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I had a brief moment when I almost said no. Too much to do. Let’s get back into town. Then it occurred to me. I need this moment just as much as he does. I don’t even have to get in this tunnel with him. I just need to be there with him while he plays. That’s what adult play is. I mean, we get to have our own toys too. I love my Xbox 360. I engage in play with it all the time.

However, in this moment, it was play time. There will come a day when he won’t be interested in climbing through this tunnel anymore.

If you are reading this and you have kids. Make sure you are setting aside time for play. I know you’re busy. I am busy too. It’s okay to be busy. But what is important and what is only urgent?

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Also, let me know what you think in the comment section. How do you balance the important things in your life? Let me know.