Adam’s Devotional – January 31 – February 6, 2019

From Adam…

What catalyzes creativity and creates community?  What disarms hate and destroys prejudice? What mutes gossip and turns up joy? What inspires vulnerability and eclipses shame?  This may sound crazy, but the answer is real, true, genuine, and authentic play. Play does all that. That’s why play is one of our youth ministry’s core values. Play gives us permission to be who we are together without fear of judgment. The generative and permissive nature of play creates an intimate community where vulnerability meets acceptance, and we stumble into belonging together. When was the last time you really played?  Were you worried what you looked like? Where you afraid of what people would say? Were you judging those around you? No! You were lost in the moment of joy and content in the “newness” of play. Maybe that’s what God invites us into. Maybe God wants to be so close with us that we play together. Maybe God knocks on the door of your heart like a little child knocking on her neighbor’s door and says, you want to come and play with me? Who could God be calling you to play with like that? How can you say ye, to Christ’s invitation to a joyfully deep and delightfully intimate relationship with God? What would it look like you you said yes?  Maybe it looks like play? God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

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