Playground Rules: Part 2 – Quack Quack Seat Back!
The other night in my small group we were studyingthe book of James. We came across this passagewhich inspired this blog post:
My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord JesusChrist, don't show favoritism.
Suppose a mancomes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes alsocomes in.
If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say,"Here's a good seat for you," but say to the poor man, "You stand there" or "Sit onthe floor by my feet,"
have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
Let me define “Playground Rules.” When I say playground rules, I don’t mean a listof dos and don’ts posted in your child’s school.1.No running2.No fighting3.No gum chewingI am talking about the unwritten laws that govern the playground to which kidsnaturally gravitate. These rules are not explained in class. They are not postedanywhere on paper in the school. However, they are understood by everyone. They emulate real life much more than the artificial “laws” posted by the idealistichigher ups. Yes I know… although to some this is ugly, they have bullies, fights,name calling, etc. Some learn to play the playground well, others not so well.Some people have an “unfair” advantage, some a disadvantage. It is not a placeshow weakness; however strength comes in many forms. Having good contacts isthe key to success. Lasting memories, friends, and experience are the gift to betaken away. Sound like real life? You can try to “beat” this truth with laws andrules and “fairness,” but it is futile. This is a brokenworld filled will sin, and selfishness, and even some“might makes right.” If you try to change this de factoset of playground rules, you might as well try to makethe ocean waves go the opposite direction. But… theplayground is also a wonderful place to learn respect,camaraderie, and wisdom. Don’t fight it, go with it,and learn how real life works…Back to the passage: when we read this it made methink of the way my friends and I would handle who sat