Friday Night Fun

Even though I’m a teacher and I am off for the summer, I still love my Friday nights!  I anxiously await them all week.  As a family, we have our regular Friday routine and I am a person who thrives on routines.  Who is here to enjoy our Friday nights with us, is usually always different, but four thing remain constant—family, fun, fires, and good tunes.

Last Friday night, our children had many friends over enjoying the pool and escaping the heat of the summer.  My husband and I were just wondering outside, getting ready to start the fire, when all of a sudden it started to down pore.

We rushed inside for shelter, but the kids remained happily frolicking around and playing in the pool.  Some even got out of the pool and started jumping on the trampoline during this hard rain storm.  As I admired their attitudes from my kitchen window in the dry shelter of our home I started thinking how awesome it was that they didn’t let the rain ruin their fun.  I always learn so much from our children and their youthful attitudes.

Eventually, the rain stopped and the bright blue skies opened up again.  Our Friday night was saved, and my husband and I went out to dry off everything and start the fire as we had planned.  The kids continued to play, and I don’t think they even noticed that it stopped raining.  Nothing was spoiling their night.

Just like life, we are going to have a few unexpected rain showers, but it is what you do during these rainy times that determine the outcome of your life.  Are you going to be like me and hide from the rain, or are you going to have a childlike heart and continue to play when times get wet.

Matthew 18:1-4 explains, “At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Why do we lose this childlike heart?  Why do we become bitter when things don’t go as we planned?  Why do we have to let our experiences in life bring us down?  Just like the rain shower on Friday night, dark days do pass and the sun will shine again.  It is hard to play through this rain, as the children in my household did, but it is what we have to do to make it through the rough times until the sun starts to peek out from behind a dark cloud.

Stay in hope and try changing your outlook on life.  Whatever it is you are dealing with right now (reality is we are all dealing with stuff), try to have that childlike attitude and play through this rainy period you are experiencing.  I know you might not like it right now, but once you get wet, you won’t even realize that you are wet anymore and you might actually start to enjoy it.

Try to get back in touch with your youth and become that child that God created you to be.  Humble yourself to think, feel and act like the child you once were.  Your reward will come, and you will love the difference it makes in your life.