“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells… it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
– Dr. Seuss
When was the last time you did something crazy?
Maybe you jumped off cliffs in Hawaii.
Maybe you spontaneously hopped into a car with your family for an epic road trip.
Maybe you took a day off without calling anyone to tell them.
One summer while I was working at a camp, a buddy and I took a spontaneous trip to a concert festival five hours away. We drove through the night to get there and through the night to get back before our call time for music rehearsal.
We felt alive from the music, the people, and most of all the adventure.
While some might say that moving halfway across the country to Atlanta to work in family ministry is crazy, really we haven’t been that crazy in a long time.
We’re prepared and calculated. We watch budgets and make sure our kids have everything they need to succeed in school. Spontaneous anything might get in the way of our plan.
Perhaps we’re taking ourselves to seriously. Perhaps, like Dr. Seuss suggests, we need to add some nonsense into our lives to awaken our souls to new possibilities.
The same thing happens in ministry all of the time.
We have plans, budgets, scopes, and deacons to report all of those to. We take our ministry seriously.
You know, sometimes I wish there was a “Jesus laughed” verse to counteract that one about him weeping.
And while that may sound random in the scope of this discussion, I think we all approach ministry with an un-needed weight. When I was pastoring, sometimes I took myself SO seriously. I cared so much about the plan that sometimes I forgot to think outside of that plan —even for a moment—and just enjoy the crazy that comes with being in ministry.
I really think it would have helped me with solving problems and helping people to look at life and ministry from the wrong end of the telescope.
Life has enough worries on it’s own without us adding un-needed seriousness to every moment.
Take risks. Follow Jesus. Enjoy the ride. And laugh like crazy.
How about you? How do you keep yourself from taking yourself too seriously? I’d love to hear your thoughts.