Play is More Than Just Fun

### Bible Reading

1. Ecclesiastes 3:1-4

2. Proverbs 17:22

3. Matthew 18:3-4

4. Romans 12:2

### Observation Questions

1. In Ecclesiastes 3:1-4, what are the different times and seasons mentioned? How is a time to laugh and a time to dance relevant to our understanding of play?

2. How does the passage from Ecclesiastes connect with the idea that play is not just for children but is important throughout all seasons of life?

3. According to Proverbs 17:22, what are the effects of a joyful heart on a person's health?

4. Reflect on Matthew 18:3-4, why do you think Jesus emphasizes the importance of becoming like children? How might this relate to the concept of play?

### Interpretation Questions

1. Considering Ecclesiastes 3:1-4, how might integrating play into various seasons of life impact an individual's emotional and spiritual well-being?

2. How can the "time to laugh" and "time to dance" serve as a metaphor for incorporating play into daily routines, as suggested in the sermon?

3. In light of Proverbs 17:22, how might joy and playfulness act as a form of medicine or healing in a community?

4. Discuss how the qualities of childlikeness described in Matthew 18:3-4 can be cultivated through play in adult life.

### Application Questions

1. Identify a routine activity in your week. How can you incorporate an element of play or laughter into this activity to transform it into a more joyful experience?

2. Think of a recent stressful situation. What playful activity could you engage in next time to maintain a joyful heart as suggested in Proverbs 17:22?

3. Choose one day this week to approach with a childlike perspective as described in Matthew 18:3-4. What specific actions will you take to ensure this mindset?

4. Reflect on your current work or home environment. What is one change you can make to foster a more playful and innovative atmosphere?