We were sitting in the barber’s shop.
I heard the barber ask our youngest son: So, what have you done so far this summer?
Our son: Done?
The barber: Did you take any classes?
Our son: Nope.
The barber: Did you fly anywhere?
Our son: Nuh-uh…
The barber: Go to the zoo?
Our son: Not yet…
The barber: Take any swim lessons?
Our son: No…but I know how to swim.
The barber: Are you going away to camp?
Our son: We’re going to go camping…
The barber: No…I meant one of those camps where you go away for the week…
I started to calculate how much his tip was decreasing with each question.
The barber: So are you having any fun this summer?
Our son: Yeah…it’s really fun!!!
The barber: Doin’ what?
Our son: We’re doin’ everything.
While we may not be doing–anything–this summer.
We’re doing enough to call it– everything…
That really matters.
And sometimes you just need a Selah Summer.
Selah–“to pause and value”
We’re doing a bit that is planned.
A bit that includes structure.
A bit that involves travel.
But for the most part, we’re just hanging around.
And there are a few days when I feel a little guilty about that.
That’s why our little guy’s response made me smile.
Because it’s true–
When you just stick around and do a lot of nothing….
There’s a whole lot of time for everything else.
So if you’re already a bit wiped out by trying to do it all….
There’s still time…
For you to do nothing.
And a whole lot of everything too.
that (His) way may be known on earth, (His) saving power among all nations.