I took my kids to a theme park this week, finally buying annual passes for me and the 4 youngest kids. That's 5 annual passes to an Orlando theme park.
At some point in the day, I jokingly said to one of the kids, something to the effect of, "They'd better have $1,300-worth of fun!"
And that...got me thinking.
What's the point of a theme park, anyway?
To have fun.
And the theme park is a wonder in and of itself, if you really take time to look. So much planning, designing and building to create the fantastic rides! And the daily running and maintenance of the park! Whoa! What an enormous undertaking it would be!
So like seriously...what a total bummer it'd be to take the kids there and watch them...as they spend the day...fighting. Not enjoying one bit of their time! Like...what if my kids spent their entire time in the park...complaining about the rides, protesting the park's policies, and demanding the park change things they disliked?
Wouldn't that like...just totally suck?
Wouldn't that be a complete and utter waste of $1,300???
Well...once upon a time someone spent time planning, designing, building, and creating this world. And just look around this world...the natural world. So much beauty and wonder. The stars. The sun. The clouds. The rainbow after a rain. The ocean. So many creatures! Eagles! Cats! Dogs! Fireflies! Butterflies! Flowers!
There is so much beauty and wonder in this world. Though some highly depressive religious folks see this world as some sort of...negative place God made for negative and unhappy things...Why would our good God bother with all the really neat things He made, all the beautiful wondrous things He made...unless He wants to see us...enjoy our time here?
And He paid a little bit more than $1,300 for us to be here, didn't He?
He paid with His life.
His very blood!
And so now look around this "theme park" of earth. What's God see when He sees us passing our time here where He paid so much for us to be?
I mean, c'mob! Really. Can't we be nicer kids? Can't we?
Just...seriously watch yourself from His perspective...and quit making God sorry He paid for you to be here...
"Worship" isn't a few sentences sung repetitively for 3 minutes in church on Sunday. It's an attitude.
Look around this world and put on an air of appreciation and enjoyment for everything you see...and that will give God something to smile about.