Run with scissors.

Against my lawyer’s advice, I’m going to challenge you to do something your mommy and daddy told you never to do. Something like…oh, I dunno…running with scissors.

Sound too daring for you? That’s not surprising.

Most of us have been told since we were four years old not to run with scissors. We’ve also been told swallowing watermelon seeds is death defying. If you cross your eyes, they’ll stay that way. And never, ever go swimming until 17 hours after you eat.

Every day we seem to have more rules and more laws. Some seem arbitrary. Some seem like overkill. Some feel as if they are just begging to be broken. Their only purpose seems to be to put roadblocks in the way of fully experiencing God’s creation. Don’t climb too high. Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t put that bug in your mouth. But you know what? Mountains need to be climbed. Strangers need friends. In many cultures, bugs are a healthy snack.

Hey, acting childlike is a good thing, right? Jesus clearly said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3) Bible scholars debate exactly what Jesus meant. But I interpret that verse to mean we’re supposed to be curious, eager, playful, and filled with joy. We need to trust our heavenly Father.

God also knows kids make mistakes. They push the limits of right and wrong. Proverbs 22:15 confirms, “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child.”

All this brings me to conclude that God wants his children – that’s you and me – to be fun to hang with, maybe even a little mischievous.

Now, if you already race around with scissors, knock over outhouses, tear tags off mattresses, text in movie theaters, and bend most of the rules you meet, then clean up your act, for crying out loud.

But if you live in constant fear of disappointing God and tarnishing your reputation, then I’ve got news for you. Your reputation needs some scuff marks. I recommend you call up some pals and plan a day of cow tipping, loosening the tops of saltshakers at a coffee shop, or tying a hundred helium balloons to a lawn chair and cruising the neighborhood treetops.

You’re imperfect anyway, so you might as well act like it.

In light of God’s love and mercy, Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and His victory over death, let’s all pledge to live unshackled. To live in the light of joy.

Absolutely, obey all of God’s rules. But feel free to bend all the others.


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