I remember the joy on Yac's face as he told us this and then he looked at us, like only he could, and said, "Never Stop Playing! Don't Lose Your JOY!
Hearing him say this was perfect timing. I had been feeling the weight of my job and I sensed myself losing my joy. I couldn't remember what it was like to just be a kid. But I remember sitting there listening to him and really being moved, challenged, and inspired. It's probably been about 15 years since then, but I have to tell you, I have worked hard to keep the kid in me alive and I've done my best to pass this on.
The daily grind can drown the life out of us and steal the joy away from us. It's not truly living unless we are living like free people, exercising our God given right to practice sabbath, to share celebrations, to recapture the joy in life. Here is the honest truth: We are never too grown up to play in the rain. May the gift of child-likeness overtake you this week and may His joy be your strength. Now get out there and PLAY!