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Let's Play a Game

Have you ever played “Would You Rather”?

For instance, “Would you rather fly a kite, or swing on a swing?” or “Would you rather go skiing, or go to a water park?” “Would you rather travel for a year in a motor home, or for a month on a cruise ship?” Things like that.

My grandkids have a slightly different version. Their questions are more like, “Would you rather put your hand in boiling water or walk barefoot for a mile on 100-degree pavement?” or, “Would you rather have 2 gallons of red ants poured over your head, or stick your hand in a beehive?” “Would you rather grab a skunk by the tail, or a tiger by the tail?”

Um, the answer is neither, ever. But there is always laughter when they ask these silly questions.

Laughter is important. Finding the fun and joy in life is important. Even in our work, we should be looking for the joy.

Wise King Solomon once wrote, “There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,” Ecclesiastes 2:24 ESV

I am also aware that finding joy can be hard. There is a time to laugh and a time to mourn. Life has seasons; not all pleasant.

I love the Beatitudes and Luke 6:21 speaks to those who mourn. ““Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.” ESV

The day is coming when God will wipe every tear from our face. Job 8:21 tells us “He will yet fill your mouth with laughing, and your lips with rejoicing.”

“Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing…” Psalm 126:2 NKJV

“A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 NKJV

I was recently asked, “Do you think we will play games on the new earth?” I replied, “Like football, basketball?” “Ya, like anything. Boardgames, yard games…” I said, “I don’t know. I don’t believe there will be competition, but who knows. I can’t wait to find out!”

I found this verse today regarding the Holy City of Zion. And it clearly states there will be some fun going on.

“And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.” Zechariah 8:5 ESV

So, let me ask, would you rather watch children playing in the streets of Zion, or would you rather miss out on a perfect, eternal life? It really is up to you.

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea." Isaiah 11:6-9 NKJV

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