It always encourages me to see animals playing, just doing what they are good at for pure pleasure! Like these dolphins surfing…



Dolphins surfing


or this vulture gliding upwards in a thermal…



The word of God speaks of great whales playing in the oceans in Psalm 124,

25 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.

26 There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.”

This shows us that even in the brute creation apart from pure survival and necessary work to provide for themselves and their offspring there is a place for play and recreation. Likewise with us. God has given us a huge variety of possible pastimes from the purely mental/word-based and logical like chess or a crossword, interest in the natural world like astronomy or watching documentaries to the more or less purely physical like running, climbing or swimming. For our health and well-being we all need some form of each of these to balance our duties and work. God has given his people richly all things to enjoy (I Timothy 6:17), we just must give these recreations  their proper place and affection. They must never detract from our relationship with God or others or take up inordinate time that mean work or family are neglected.


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