Play Invitation


You know what just occurred to me as I was exercising with Beverly?
She said JOY is Jesus, Others, and Yourself – we know that!  But do we know there really IS a Y in joy?!
It is last BUT it is there!!
There is a time for us to think of ourselves!   Joy does not mean that you are to never do something for YOU.  It’s okay to think about YOU.  Can you believe it?
It really is okay for you to think about YOU!!  It’s okay to make plans for YOU to actually enjoy YOU.   Joy, in its third analysis is about you doing something for yourself.
And, yes, of course, there is a prerequisite. As you consider a ‘me’ activity, can you answer this question in the affirmative?
Will this focusing on me enable and position me to honor and bless Jesus and others more than I would if I did not do this for myself?
Hmmm – something to ponder, isn’t it?

Mark 6: 30 Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves.
 (obtained from

This may be wild to our thinking but try it on for size.
If we listen carefully, we just might hear the LORD JESUS say to us: ‘Son, let’s go play a round of golf.’ or ‘Sweet Girl, let’s go shopping.’
Don’t play golf and you got all the clothes you need?
How about softball, tennis, basketball, jogging, gardening, fishing, boating, hiking, mountain climbing, an afternoon nap in a hammock, painting, taking in a museum or a clean, wholesome movie, reading a book just for the fun of it, skipping stones on the riverbank, a walk to the pier, a walk around town or your neighborhood, taking a photography class?
And the list could go on and on.  The key is hearing HIM say LET US do ____________.
We’d be oh so foolish to say ‘no I don’t have time’ to such a glorious invitation.  Wouldn’t we?  JOY!  There is room for YOU in the holy calling of JOY!!

As I post this it is 50°F and mostly cloudy in Baghdad, IQ (Airport) and the time is 7:24 AM AST  on November 18, 2009.

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