Friday, July 8, 2011

Come Out And Play

Come Out And Play
by Luci Swindoll
Somebody gave me a little jar of “Miracle Bubbles” with a plastic wand . . . and I blew bubbles for maybe ten minutes. (I made a new wand with the shape of a cat on the end. I wanted to see if the bubbles would come out cat-shaped. They don’t.)
Maybe you’d like to have your inner child come outside and enjoy a bit of adventure, but you don’t quite know how to coax her forth. After all, you’re grown up, have a respectable job where you wear business clothes every day, have worked hard for your education, and don’t want to look like an idiot by acting like a child blowing bubbles. You don’t have time to be creative and playful. It takes all the energy you can muster just to get through your busy day at the office. If you let down your decorum, what will people think?
I can tell you what they’ll think. They’ll be jealous that you’ve found a way to take the drudge out of the daily grind. They’ll want what you have. Everybody wants to be where the fun is. I don’t know a single person who is having too much fun.
Here are half a dozen tips that may help you bring your muse into the sunlight:
  • Figure out what the child within you wants to do and do it.

  • Listen to that tiny, soft voice inside and believe it.

  • Quit conforming to what the world demands and say, “No!” (Kids are good at that.)

  • Surround yourself with people who love you and enjoy them.

  • Create a life for yourself that’s meaningful and live there.

  • Keep in mind that imagination is more important than knowledge.
These six things won’t get you to heaven or make you debt free or fill in all the gaps in your needy soul, but they will give you a start in gaining victory over some of the enemies with which you wage war all too often—boredom, anxiety, cynicism, stress, and procrastination. These little tips have worked for seven decades and even now I’m still learning about the little person inside me who wants to come out and play.

Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
— Matthew 18:3 NIV
Luci Swindoll

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