Partnership With God
-God at Work
-God at Rest
-God at Play
-God at School
-Reflections Before The New Year
-New Year‟s Day: A Religious Feast of
God at Play
What is Play?
To exercise oneself, act or move energetically;
To exercise oneself in the way of diversion or
To engage in a game; and derived senses.
Labours Sabbath &
of Love Rejuvenation
Are there examples that bring play to
work, rest and worship?
Forms of Play
Delight & The Attitude Of Play
Learning & Play
A cornerstone of good early years practice is
that children learn a great deal through play.
Nursery World, 23.02.06
Play and Spiritual Development
God as Parent
Intimate Joy of Parent and Child
I have no greater joy than to hear that my
children are walking in the truth. - 3 John 1:4
My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will
be glad - Proverbs 23:15
Our spiritual life in play (in motion) brings Joy
How are we playfully living/sharing
in our spiritual journey? Where have
we brought delight to God’s eyes?
Thank you stock photography websites!
God’s Presence In Play
The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with
his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. -
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but
with actions and in truth. - 1 John 3:18
At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of
heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things
from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little
children. - Matthew 11:25
Child-like wonder, Unassuming Joy.
Google Inc. All Google engineers have 20% of their
time to pursue projects that they‟re passionate about.
American Association of Pediatrics
Play allows children to use their creativity while
developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical,
cognitive, and emotional strength.
When play is allowed to be child driven, children
practice decision-making skills, move at their own pace,
discover their own areas of interest, and ultimately
engage fully in the passions they wish to pursue.
And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change
and become like little children, you will never enter the
kingdom of heaven. - Matthew 18:3
What does it mean to be like little children?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-
control. Against such things there is no law. – Galatians
Ability to create, to be fascinated.
Lawlessness in God’s Playground?
Or are we called to a different set of rules?
St. Maurice & The Theban Legion
Then Jesus said to them, "Give to Caesar what is
Caesar's and to God what is God's.“ And they were
amazed at him. - Mark 12: 17
Creative Energy from Learned Play
Evolution of Play in God‟s Playground
David and Goliath, Innovation Unleashed
Create in Creator‟s Spirit
A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is
fully trained will be like his teacher. - Luke 6:40
All the world's a stage, And all the men and
women merely players: They have their exits and
their entrances; And one man in his time plays
many parts – from William Shakespeare‟s As
You Like It
The city streets will be filled with boys and girls
playing there. - Zechariah 8:5
Remember Genesis – “And It Was Very Good”
Welcome to the playground
So I commend the enjoyment of life, because
nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat
and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him
in his work all the days of the life God has given him
under the sun. - Ecclesiastes 8:15
Be happy, young man, while you are young, and let
your heart give you joy in the days of your youth.
Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your
eyes see, but know that for all these things God will
bring you to judgment. - Ecclesiastes 11:9
Progression of Play so far
Learning Becoming Of
To Play Creative Play
Light of the World
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot
be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it
under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it
gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way,
let your light shine before men, that they may see your
good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. –
Matthew 5: 14-16
Attitude of Shining Light!
The Playground Child
Delight, Celebration And The
Attitude of Play
Celebratory Nature of Play
Play prepares us for the bigger playgrounds.
Growing In Spirituality
What if we want to leave the playground?
Attitudes of Play That We Take
Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister,
took a tambourine in her hand, and all the
women followed her, with tambourines and
dancing. - Exodus 15: 20
Dance as a form of Play
Awareness of the Body
Synchrony with Mind, Body & Soul
Victory and Praise in Christ
Jamming For The Lord
Can you party?
Gift of Life and of Merriment
Sarah said, "God has brought me laughter, and
everyone who hears about this will laugh with
me. - Genesis 21:6
The child grew and was weaned, and on the day
Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. -
Communion as Weekly Feast
Come Play, Come Party
For without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? -
Learned From the Son how to Play
Guided by the Spirit in Adult Playground/Party
You have persevered and have endured hardships for
my name, and have not grown weary.
So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will
also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I
will also sing with my mind. - Revelation 2:3
God Moving us to creative joy and celebration Divine
So if God is the DJ/MC/Selecta…
What makes you move?
What is your favorite Rhythm?
What beat are you jamming to?
Are the lyrics moving you?
Who are you interacting with?
Can you enjoy the tune alone on your iPod and
in a social context?
Want to be original?
Fellowship is saying “You can count on me”
Playground „rules‟ and the Creative Spirit
Faith like a mustard seed to move mountains!
Like A Choreographed Dance
Dancer and Music Holistically Aligned by Grace
Kicking It Up A Notch
Joyful Dance and the Victory Dance
Moving to the Rhythm of Christ
What is a Souljah?
A Soulja, is anyone who has gone through hard times and
fought against adversity. A Soulja's strength comes from within,
strength of mind, body, soul, and character. A true Soulja would
have learned from his/her mistakes, taken responsibility for
his/her actions and gained strength to never back down.
Someone who knows no limits to his/her own power and God
given abilities. A person who serves their people, lives by a strict
code, and is never afraid to stand up for what they believe in.
Someone who is willing to fight for their home, family, property,
etc, but is not necessarily part of a conventional service (Army,
Marines, Navy, Air Force, etc).
A Soulja cannot be defined by race, age, background, location,
or economic status.
Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of
Christ Jesus. - 2 Timothy 2:3
He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend
a bow of bronze. - 2 Samuel 22:35
Trained in the playground, Spiritual „War
Modern Warrior Play
Olympics and Athletics (ie. Modern „Warriors
Dueling in Arena”)
Where can we find Spiritual strategies to help us
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict
training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but
we do it to get a crown that will last forever. - 1
Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not
receive the victor's crown unless he competes according
to the rules. - 2 Timothy 2:5
To truly enjoy a game, play by the rules.
Call to Love & Leadership
Back to the playground, back to the intimate.
Fullness of Joy by the Grace of Christ
We desire independence, we work, we rest.
But Play is for children?
Bring back play and discovery, delight in
Romance and Play
Romantic and Covenant Love As
Courtship of Christ
Knowing All About your
Beyond Sacrifice -> Leadership
Like a soldier, Christ
died to save us.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what
is good. – Romans 12:9
Song of Songs
What Music Do You Jam To?
Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest
is my lover among the young men. I delight to
sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste.
- Song of Solomon 2:3
How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride!
How much more pleasing is your love than
wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than
any spice! - Song of Solomon 4:10
Motivated by the Rhythm of Love
God at Play in Love – The Journey Home
The Afterparty – the Inner Chamber
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the
wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made
herself ready. - Revelation 19:7
And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which
are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.
And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of
God. - Revelation 19:9
Called to Lead
Gameplan in Play
Creativity Through Christ
Attitudes of Play, Perspectives to Passion (20% time at
Google as example)
Being Motivated By Love
Leadership For Christ: Like Giving Flowers to God
Giving God A Gift
As a parent delights in a child‟s gift, so does
God delight in your Gifts.
What gifts are you blessed with that you can
present out of Love to God?
Be Unassuming, child-like but equipped with
adult sensibilities (Corinthians 1:13)
You‟ve been Crowned with God‟s Grace
And he took the children in his arms, put his
hands on them and blessed them. - Mark 10:16
Participate, Innovate and Use Creative Gifts
Blessed by the Holy Spirit
Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a
roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of
spices. - Song of Solomon 8: 14
We are called to great creativity.
We run towards challenges, transform them with
Love, and Create new ways to play.
Playground of Possibility
Play is Spiritual Graffiti. Make Your Mark
- God at School
- Reflections Before The New Year
- New Year‟s Day: A Religious Feast of Renewal
Volunteers also needed for SMSV BDAY Dinner
This Sunday, December 14, 2008
Message for the CREW