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When I was a kid, my parents wouldn’t let me have video games.
Something about rotting my brain or wasting my life away or whatever.
So we had to do crazy things like go outside and make our own fun.
Even though we didn’t get to play Super Mario Bros. all day, we did somehow make use of our time with a sweet tire swing.
In case you haven’t heard of the concept, a tire swing is quite intricate.
First you take a big oak tree, grown in the dark woods of Oregon.
Then you tie a rope to a high, yet sturdy tree limb.
Then you tie the other end of the rope to an otherwise useless, oversized tired.
Boom. Disneyland for the kids with cheap parents.
Of course, you might be thinking to yourself that there can’t be that many uses for a tire swing, can there?
You are correct. There are exactly three things that you can use a tire swing for:
1. Swinging. That’s right. You sit in the thing and you swing. You go back and forth. Exciting, right?
2. Target Practice. If you have a home made tire swing, chances are you also own a bee bee gun. They really go hand in hand, so naturally taking aim at shooting at something attached to the rubber tire is a brilliant idea, it isn’t like those bee bees are going to bounce back and hit you in the forehead, right?
3. Home Base. Are you tired of swinging back and forth? Are you tired of shooting your bee bee fun? Then the only thing left for a kid to do is play tag. What’s the best home base? One that you can swing at other people if you want a head start on where to run next, so a tire swing is best for that.
Now I’m a grown up and I don’t have a tire swing. I don’t even remember why it was fun. It’s just a rope and a tree and a tire.
I don’t remember why things were so much fun when I was a kid.
I also don’t know why we grow up and make things all complicated.
I don’t know why when I was a kid my faith was such a simple thing and why now I’ve made it all so complex.
Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.
Mark 10:15 (NKJV)
I think it’s time I made things simple again.
Have you over complicated your faith in Christ?