Spiritual Coaching Vol 2 #35 Airling…


It’s an obsolete word but it means a “thoughtless, care-free, lighthearted person.” Don’t you wish you could be described that way sometimes. No cares, no worries, just the thought of playing with your friends and laughing and exploring the world. I saw a child playing in the park across the street running from swings to jungle gym laughing and chasing friends and I thought, “what has become of the childhood freedom of play?” We have confused our world. We have turned play into work, work into worship, and worship into play.


Play lacks imagination and pretending and fun for most adults. School generally extinguishes this behavior. Then in young adulthood it becomes the thrills and rush and excitement that matters. Later, work becomes an object of worship. We work too much – and give it too much of our life. And worship – well – as a young twenty-something told me the other day, “I believe in God but I am not going to let it change my lifestyle. I’m not going to worship or anything.” A young man once came to Jesus (recorded in Luke 18) and this is what happened:  A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’” “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said. When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” He thought life was about rules and stuff. He missed the entire meaning of life.


We can be rich in things that matter or things that are trivial and unimportant. Wealth is not measured in possessions. I have never seen a hearse pulling a u-haul. Wealth is measured in the lives you touch, the people you love, the hope you share, and the joy you experience. Perhaps it is in getting things right; where play becomes play, work is work, and worship honors the Creator. What is the “one thing” for you? What is the one thing you need to really follow the way? For most of us it is giving up our selfish focus on our own needs and neglecting what is true. Find what is true and then if you have to give it all away for truth – do it.

Be Well.


About Denny Meyer

I've been a pastor, spiritual director, and spiritual coach and worked with thousands of people over the years. You can find the life the Creator intended for you. Contact me if you want to find out more.
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