Wall Ball

22 06 2011

I haven’t played wall ball in about 30 minutes, but before that it had been about 16 or 17 years. It was fun, and this old man dominated the 3rd,  4th and 5th graders this afternoon. And the game hasn’t changed much since I last played at Fitzgerald Junior High School. For one thing, apparently you can make up rules as you go. I’m pretty sure that happened back when I was a 12 year old, too. The second thing is that girls cannot win. Period. Even if you have to abide by the aforementioned notion of rule changes.

It is always ammusing to me the games that kids will come up with. Whether it’s a twist on hide-n-seek or a spin on wall ball, the guys find a way to have fun. They’re creative. Something dark inside us happens as we grow up. Creativity is often squelched because we find the need to blend in, to become conformist. When I look at Christ, I see anything but conformity. Sure, He studied the scriptures, but he challenged the status quo. And He did things that astonished the people around Him.

He walked on water, turned water into wine, defended an adulterer, challenged the religious, worked on the Sabbath, spoke to demons, healed the blind and raised the dead. Talk about a creative ministry! Basically, He did anything that needed to be done in order to glorify His Father, even if it meant breaking the rules.

Now, I’m not an anarchist, but I think it becomes important for us to evaluate the rules that we have. It’s important to ask why we do things. Why do we take our hats off inside a building? Why do we have Sunday School? Why is playing cards wrong? Why is this song ok, but this song, that says basically the same thing, not ok? Why do we close our eyes when we pray? Why do we do the things we do?

Do we just do things because that’s what’s expected? Or do we seek to allow God to lead us, even if it means that we risk being creative? If someone has a new rule that makes wall ball more exciting, then let’s go for it!

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