Our theme for this month: “Take care of your body”
Our Bible verse for today: “The streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls playing in them.” Zechariah 8:5 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Make time for play.”
There’s a commercial from an insurance company that is sometimes on television. It features a camel walking through an office where lots of employees are hard at work. The camel seems to have a smile on his face and in a cheerful voice he says, “Hey, hey, hey, does anybody know what day this is? Come on! Somebody say it! It’s “hump” day!!!”
The scene makes an obvious reference to the fact that all these hard working people are looking forward to the weekend when they can stop working and instead play and rest. It’s a funny commercial and it makes a good point. Resting and playing is an important part of taking care of ourselves. It’s also something many of us don’t do enough of. Many of us work 50, 55, 60 hours a week, and then we fill-up our off time with household chores, errands, and doing things for others. Most of us don’t rest and play enough.
As part of the theology of health that is found in the Bible and which we have been exploring this month, God provides lots of scenes of His people resting, playing, feasting, and celebrating. In Zechariah 8:5 the prophet depicts a time after the second coming of Christ when boys and girls are laughing and giggling, just having fun playing in the streets of Jerusalem. It would be good for us to do a little more laughing and giggling and playing too.
In his book “The Christian at play” Robert Johnson writes, “The Christian is called to work; but he is also meant to play.” He then went on to write an entire book about the need we have, and the permission we receive from God, to play. Playing is a form of resting in that it helps us to forget the cares and burdens of life, and it also helps to release built-up stress.
Playing is also often a form of exercise. I have a friend who will sometimes call me and say, “Let’s go out and play”, and then we will go hiking, or kayaking, or motorcycle riding. Doing so is fun, relaxing, renewing, and it is also Biblical. (Okay maybe hiking, kayaking, and motorcycle riding aren’t specifically mentioned in the Bible, but they should be. And anyway, the concept is sound. Playing is good for us.)
As our friend the camel reminded us in the insurance commercial, today is hump day. The weekend is coming. I hope you are planning some time for rest and play.