This past weekend, my seven year old grandson and I went to a local “play-area.” We petted and fed the goats, played in a sand pile, rode big pedal tractors, and little pedal tractors, slid down an improvised slide, and played “nine-square” with another family. In other words, we had a blast!
On the way home, my grandson asked, “Grandpa, how many years do you think I will love playing there?” All I could think and say was, “Don’t grow up too soon. You can only be a little boy once.”
So now I strain to remember doing something like this with my grandfathers. For the life of me, I never remember any adult playing with me. I think back then, there was no adult leisure time to play with kids. Adults had to work hard all the time just to put a meal on the table. Little boys, like me, had to grow up way too fast.
How blessed we are in today’s age when working forty hours is the norm. That leaves 128 hours to do other stuff. Now let’s assume you sleep eight hours a day. That still leaves 72 hours, three full days for more other stuff.
Now even though my parents and grandparents worked a lot more than forty hours a week, they still found time to go to church. Yet how often have I heard from people with that full three days of leisure time say, “There’s just not enough time to go to church.”
Not going to argue with them, other than to say, “Come on!” Oh, let me remind everyone what God said in the fourth commandment. “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.”
See you in church Sunday!
P.S. My grandson and I both went to Sunday School and church. There was still plenty of time to share and have fun together!
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Allan Redenius is the Pastor of First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. This blog reflects his love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, his whimsical sense of humor and his approach to life.