Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Life on the Poop Deck

Stepping onto the playground with the Kindergartners, you never really know what to expect. They come up with the most random games to play. For instance, "Animal Tag", where you must act like an animal until you are tagged. The most bizarre part, the ones that choose to be a cat and sit while grooming themselves. Would someone please tag them! I've got news for you, if you lay down and act like a snake, you will get tagged. But they don't care about winning, they just want to have fun.

Do you remember when life was about living in the moment, not about winning or losing?

This week I came prepared with my own zany game, "Poop Deck". I learned it hanging out with the Kid Kraze crew on Sundays. Imagine being on a ship...you have the top deck, the middle deck and the poop deck. When the particular deck is called you have to run to that area. If I say "hit the deck" you have to get down. If you are the last one to the base, you are out. It goes on until the last survivor is standing.

We started with about 10 kids playing in our little corner of the playground. As the giggles and laughter increased, so did our crew. Every once in a while someone would slip away and bring back a couple friends. After a couple rounds, we had 3 full kindergarten classes running from one corner of the blacktop to the other. No one wanted to be left out, no one wanted to miss a moment of the action.

It leaves me wondering, how can we harness that in our adult lives? A movement starts with one person deciding to do something different, to stand up for what is right, to make things better. It starts small, but grows bigger as people are attracted to your group. We saw that in the presidential campaign this year. We see it through Facebook. We see it in certain churches. We see it in groups like ONE.

Movements start with one person choosing to lead. Are you the one?


Daniel said...

Movements can also start when one person decides NOT to follow. This, I guess, can also be viewed as leadership, but perhaps not in such an outward manner.

Brian Miller said...

great point dan! very true