“Last one there is a rotten egg!” He shouts as they all take off swimming as fast as they could to the other side of the pool. Arms and legs flail and water splashes as each sibling, cousin or neighborhood buddy tries not to be…the egg. I smile and think to myself, “Wow, I haven’t heard that expression in a long time…guess the kids are still saying that one 30 years later…”
It is funny to me the things about childhood that “stick” for years and years. One generation of kids passes it down to another…and here we are still avoiding the rotten egg title.
It also made me laugh to think about if adults still said the things we used to say like… “last one to Starbucks…” or “last one to run to the grocery store…” or “last one to pay the bills is a rotten egg!”
And what if we did?
Adulting might be a lot more fun! What if we took simple things and, like kids, turned them into a game? What if we were quick to laugh and be a good sport or have a good attitude? What if we looked for joy in the mundane?
Summer is a perfect time to look for joy. Where can you be more like a child? Where can you inspire play or healthy competition? What would this summer look like if we were quick to laugh, eager to include, and creative in our outlook?
It takes some risk. It requires us to abandon our pride and our worries about what others think.
Sometimes being a leader simply means bringing back the joy.
Where can you lead in joy today? How can you be more like a child? Maybe in your family, at work, in social media, or just out at the store you can bring back child-like joy.
This summer let’s laugh more and worry less and enjoy all that God has put before us. Maybe the trials we face will have a little less of a grip on us as we do.
Singing His Grace,