So Crossroads is doing a Journey.
What does that even
mean? >> Allow me.
Every so often Crossroads
does a Journey.
Basically a Journey is a five-week
series where everyone from kids to
adults follow on the same topic.
This year's topic Purpose & Play,
all about why having restful play
and meaningful purpose are critical
to a life that thrives.
Here's how to do a Journey.
Step one: go to
the weakened message.
Kickoff weekend will be
September 14th and 15th.
Be here. Can't make it to a site?
Just download the Crossroads Anywhere
app and watch the weekend
message there. Step two:
get in a group.
If getting in a
group sounds weird, relax.
This is not your
Aunt Betty's knitting circle.
It's not that. It's more like a
dinner party with people in similar
life stages asking
Step 3: do some challenges.
No, not the dumb internet kind,
challenges in the Crossroads app.
There's a brand new feature this year
and you're going to love it.
Connect your group in the
app like a text thread,
select Play & Purpose. It will
prompt your group with fun challenges
and questions. No homework.
Just fun ways to get engaged.
(Aww) So to recap,
[rewind FX] Do the journey.
>> Is he making fun of my
air quotes? Dude! >> Welcome to Crossroads.
My name's Lena Schuler. I'm
the Crossroads Anywhere Community Pastor
and you're joining us for week one
of the Play & Purpose Journey.
We're so glad to have you from
anywhere you might be right now.
You know, there is a
thriving community online, the Anywhere
Community. And smaller communities and
larger communities all over
the country who are getting together
right now to experience the Play
& Purpose Journey and to
be part of the church.
And so in the midst of the next
five weeks, we're going to get some
great teaching and experience online together
on this topic of Play &
Purpose. And then you'll have some
individual prompts that you can do
during the week if you'd like to get
you into a new rhythm, maybe a
deeper place in your relationship with
God and in you just figuring
out who you are and what you need.
And then there's the component of
the group where you actually get
together with other people to
have fun and have purposeful
conversations. It's gonna
be really good.
And so I'm excited to have you
joining us for church today from
anywhere you might be. I'm excited to
have you for the Play & Purpose
Journey that starts right now.
>> The pace of life is fast.
Sometimes it can feel like we
stumble through our days running on
fumes, endless productivitY
Finding time to play is
a luxury we can't afford.
Having purpose is good.
Purpose is something productive
that yields results.
The play is good too.
Play is something unproductive
that restores you.
A life with no play is stress
filled and a life without purpose is
aimless. The Bible tells us that a
life lived fully alive includes a
healthy balance of Play & Purpose.
A thriving life embraces the "&".
Playful fun & meaningful purpose.
We were designed for both: a life
filled to the brim with Play &
Purpose. And it's only when we
have both that we come fully
>> Doesn't that song just
make you want to smile?
It brings some kind of joy to us,
which is often what art and music
do as they bring joy.
Because so often songs and music and
art paint pictures of a life
that we could have, of a life that
we want, of a life that's full and
abundant and thriving.
And that's actually the life that Jesus
wants for you and wants for
me. In John 10:10, Jesus says: I
have come so that you might have
life and have it abundantly.
Jesus wants you to have a life
that's full and thriving and abundant.
And so we're gonna go into a time
right now where we're going to sing
together. We're going to do what
we call worship, which is we're
ascribing worth to God.
And when we do this, we're saying,
"I want the full life that You
have to offer, Jesus.
I want a thriving life,
one that is abundant."
And so regardless of if you believe
these words fully or if you're
still figuring out if you can believe in
who Jesus says He is or the
words that He says,
we can posture ourselves right now in
a way that declares to God,
"I think you have more for me
than what I'm experiencing right now.
And I want the full abundant
thriving life that you promise."
So let's sing together right now.
Well, I love getting to worship
every weekend in this way because
it's the time for me to spend time
with God on purpose in a way that
I might not other
times during the week.
I would encourage you maybe during this
series, try to go to a new
place with God on purpose and sing
during one or two of those songs,
if you're sitting in your car, in
your living room or wherever you
might be. And today starts
the Play & Purpose Journey.
And I'm so, so thrilled for it.
My Journey group is getting together
at my house beginning next week
and it's gonna be great.
And hopefully you're in
a Journey group.
If you're not, you
can head to Crossroads.net/journey
and sign up to be in a group.
There are hundreds of groups happening
all over the place, all
different times, locations. And this is
not a group where you're
going to sit around and just sing
together and close your eyes and
ponder life. But you're actually going
to get together and experience
friendship over some food.
It's going to be more
like a dinner party.
And then you're going to maybe
plan an adventure and then you're
gonna go do something together.
It's gonna be active
and fun and purposeful.
You don't want to miss being in
a group because it's the way that
you're going to get the
most out of this Journey.
And I really believe that you could
make some really great friends or
go to a new place with some of
your old friends in the midst of this.
is where you get in a Journey
Group and those groups start next week.
Week two of the journey is
when that first gathering happens.
And if you are in a group, you're
going to get a guide, you're gonna
get a Play & Purpose Guide.
And inside of this guide are all
kinds of prompts and things for you
to do throughout the week for you
to spend time alone with God to
figure out what it looks like for
you to have more purpose & play.
And this will guide
your group time.
So if you're in a group, your
group leader will receive these in the
mail this week for you.
If you live near Crossroads location, you
could head to one of those
Crossroads locations and pick up
a guide during Crossroads services
on the weekends. And if you want
to do this digitally, you can head
and get a digital form
of this as well.
And don't forget, speaking of digital,
to download the Crossroads app
if you don't have that already. It's
also going to be part of this
Play & Purpose Journey. And there's all
kinds of stuff in there, all
week long, all month long, all year
long for you to engage with the
church, for you to engage with God,
and for you to engage with other
people in your group
through group chat.
And it's gonna be really, really sweet
some of the new features that
are coming out for this journey.
Well, I know that in the midst of
this Journey, I mean more play in
my life. I'm excited to see what
God reveals to me and practice some
things to play a little bit more. And
I know I need that because I
tend to err more on the
side of doing things on purpose.
One of the places that I do
things on purpose is in my finances.
And I don't just mean I like look
at the week and figure out what
groceries and how much money I'm going
to spend on them or the
diapers I need to buy for my
kid or any of those other things.
But I purposefully set aside money
at the beginning of every paycheck
to go directly to the church.
And you want to be purposeful
about putting your money towards God's
purposes. You can do that
by heading to Crossroads.net/give
and become a giver.
You can sign up for a one
time gift or a recurring gift.
And you know, there are some people
who are part of our church who
have been deeply, deeply
impacted by your giving.
And they just want
to say thank you.
>> I'm Nathan.
>> And I'm Rosalyn and
we go to Crossroads.
>> We came here in a kind of stuck
in a weird rut and it was time to
get some change. >> My family
was attending Crossroads when we got
here. So when we got here we
were encouraged to go to Crossroads
right away. It was really easy to
find places to get involved in and
different teams to be a
part of in volunteering.
And shortly after we got here, I'm
In started and that was really
stretching for us. And we had just
gotten through CityLink to get him
into school with their help.
And then so it was just we're
not in a great financial position.
>> So money was for a long
time something that we were constantly
striving for. When we moved here
Crossroads had a series of messages.
And then when I'm In started, obviously a
lot of it had to do with
finances and you know, where are
you putting your focus, where are
you putting your money? What you focus
on is kind of really where
your heart's at. And we realized that
we'd kind of made money this
thing that was just always out there
and we were striving for it.
And we realized we're kind of
striving for the wrong thing.
So we decided to go ahead and
make a commitment. >> And after we
completed our I'm In, we decided to
have a bigger family, but that
meant we didn't fit
into a car anymore.
So we're like, hey, we're just
gonna trust that even though we're
giving when we finished our I'm
In commitment it was enough money
that we could have bought a more
than reliable car with our I'm In
commitment. Somebody -- we were just
praying about what we were going
to do about a vehicle and somebody
told us to apply for wheels.
And I said I didn't think
that we would qualify for that.
It just didn't sound
like something for us.
They told me not make the decision
of whether God is gonna bless us
through that or not. >> And the cool
thing is is God has continued to
provide through this
Every time it feels like we're going
to end up going into debt, God
just kind of slipped something and it
goes, "No, no, no, I got you."
Like this Wheels car just like,
"Oh, by the way, you qualify.
We have a car for you.
We're getting it ready.
We'll let you know when it's ready.
And you guys can come pick it up."
And we are like, "Oh,
my gosh, that's amazing."
Six or seven days before you delivered
Azariah, that they gave us the
call and said, "Hey, come on this
weekend and pick up your vehicle.
It's ready for you guys."
I mean, talk about perfect timing.
Even in times where it feels like all
we can do is, you know, receive
there's opportunity always to give
at the same time.
>> It's so amazing to
be on the receiving end.
It's such a blessing to be able
to give and know you're helping
somebody. >> Thank you. Crossroads
Community, so much for being
generous and giving.
It has blessed our entire family
more than you guys could imagine.
And it has elevated us to continue
to move forward in ways that we
haven't even imagined. >> So
the Journey has begun.
You know, what is a Journey?
A Journey is when you are going
to a different place in all different
aspects of your humanity
is tapped into.
Lib and I went on a journey
from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati to help
start Crossroads 23 years ago.
It was an emotional journey, it was
a spiritual journey, it was a
physical journey. It was
a relational journey.
Different relationships. That
was a journey.
Simply flying to Florida, that's different
location but it's not a
journey. I've been out west camping
before, and whenever I'm doing
that, it is a journey.
It's a physical journey.
It's an emotional journey.
It's a dirt journey.
It's all kinds of different things.
A couple of years ago, I had
the opportunity to retrace the footsteps
of the Apostle Paul, who wrote
much of the New Testament.
Actually, I didn't
retrace his footsteps.
I was in a van that had
the air conditioning broken down on it.
So, let me tell you what, if you're
in a van in Turkey and in Greece
and the air conditioning isn't
working, that's a journey.
It stretched my rear end.
It stretched everything.
It was. It was difficult.
There's something about difficulty,
and this journey isn't
necessarily going to be difficult.
This is going to be very,
very rewarding and very, very fun.
But there's something about a
multipronged approach of physical
engagement, relational engagement,
physical, emotional, spiritual.
We're going to have it
all right here now.
And where was this birthed?
Where did this come from?
I had a, gosh, an epiphany about a
decade or so ago about play that
just revolutionized my life and
actually revolutionized me in being
able to be purposeful, being able
to be productive in my life.
And I've been thinking about these
things and I've been --
You've heard me talk about some of
these things the last few years if
you've been around Crossroads.
But something really crystallized for me about
a year and a half ago
when we had a tryout out
on our base camp property.
Last weekend, if you were here, you
saw a video clip that we showed,
a little snippet of a video series
we're going to stream someplace in
January of a motorcycle trip out
in Colorado with people who are
newer off road riders.
And a year and a half ago, we
had a tryout where you could come and
try out to be on
the -- on the show.
It was after a bunch of other
things had done, we were invited I
don't know it was 50 people
or something like that to come.
We were very clear that
the best riders don't go.
This isn't about seeing
who's the best riders.
This is about seeing that you're not
going to kill yourself on a
motorcycle. That was
the main thing.
It wasn't the riding.
It was their story.
What are you dealing with?
All these kind of things.
As we got to the end of the
day, I started feeling really bad because
a lot of these
people had wrecked motorcycles.
They had bruises on them.
They had stood outside in the cold.
It was sunny, but
is very, very cold.
And I realized that only, you know, I
don't know what it was, one and
one in five of them or something
like that was actually going to go
on the trip. So I
started saying my apologies.
"Hey, I'm really sorry that we're not
going to be able to take
everybody. I don't know who it's going
to be, but I'm sorry we can't
take everybody." And person after person
looked me in the face and
What do you mean sorry? This is the
best day that I have had for
decades. I don't -- I don't
remember the last time I played.
I don't -- I don't remember the
last time I lost myself in something
that wasn't my job.
Whether I go on the trip
or not, this has been amazing.
Thank you.". And that was really cool
to hear and it was also really
sad to hear, Because I think that
reflects probably the way most of
us are. Most of us, either one
or two things, we can't remember the
last time we got lost in our
job and just expended ourselves in
having a purpose.
Do you know why you are on planet
Earth and this week is that making
any difference? We can't remember the
last time we were fully
absorbed in the work week.
And we can't remember the last
time we forgot about work.
We can't remember the last
time we just were silly.
We can't remember the last time we
were unproductive or not trying to
Play & Purpose.
That's my heart for you, because when
that happens in your life and
my life, we get to prosper.
In the Book of Psalms 1:3 it says:.
He prospers. Now, take this image
here for me, if you will.
Think about this
There's a tree. It's big.
It's lush. It's beautiful.
It's offering shade. You're
underneath of the tree.
Beside it there's a rushing
brook, babbling, rushing brook.
We can hear the water
rushing right beside you.
And the tree is digging its roots
down deep, deep in the soil.
And you are caught up in the visual
beauty of it, the audio beauty of
it. And you reach up and you take
off a fruit and you bite into that
fruit and the juice
of that fruit --
Not the broccoli, not
the brussel sprouts --
the fruit, the juices start
dripping down your chin.
And you feel the cold breeze.
And in that moment you feel God.
It's like in that
moment you are prospering.
When is the last time you've
lost yourself in something where you've
-- it's like you've been transported
into a different time space
continuum and you feel --
you feel closer to God?
We can get that.
We can get that
when we're high purpose.
And we can get that
one were high play.
Here's a matrix we're gonna be working
on in the guides that you will
get later on.
Imagine a life that
is high on play.
This is high, very,
very high on play.
And is high on purpose.
This is purpose, very,
very high on purpose.
What would it be if you were
in this section here, high, high
purpose, very low play?
What would your life be if you
were all about purpose, all about
work, all about getting stuff done.
Go, go, go, go, go.
Eventually it'll be painful, right?
It would be painful.
That is not a good way
to jump into a pool.
That is not. But when we're only
purpose, we're only going, it is
painful. Now let's look
at the other extreme.
Let's imagine it's all play.
It's all play.
It's all coloring books.
It's all golf.
It's all movies.
It's all camping.
It's all bicycle riding.
It's all finger painting.
It's all -- it's all
dime store trash novels.
It's all that. It's only that,
only that on and on.
If you were only getting play, you
had no purpose in your life, your
life would be pointless.
Pointless. What would be the point of
life if all you were doing is
having pumpkins on our heads and
going like this in the fields?
What would be the point? Wouldn't
be much of a point.
If on the other extreme, if we were
no play and no purpose, and there
are people who are like
this, by the way.
No play and no purpose.
There are retired people who have no
purpose in life and they have no
play. Play, as we're going to
find out, is a multisensory lose
yourself in a thing. It's not just
a single solo thing you do.
So there's retired people who
don't work, have no purpose.
Not that you have to have work to
have a purpose, but they have no
purpose. And they watch TV all day.
This was also me, by
the way, in high school.
This is me.
I had no
college aspirations, education.
I had no purpose when
I was in school.
I didn't understand the
value of school.
And I would just come home from school
and I'd plop down and I would
just watch F Troop or The Munsters
or Speed Racer and *Chim Chim and
Spritle. Who remembers Chim
Chim and Spritle?
Who's over 50 and white.
Come on now. [laughter]
Yeah. You know, when you're
-- when you're this way.
When you are low on purpose and
low on actual play, your life becomes
pitiful. Your life is pitiful.
You're not sure what the point
of the whole thing is.
Now, where we want to get to is we
want all of us to get to a place
where we are a high
play and high purpose.
When that happens, we
get to prosper.
This is where prosperity happens.
Where we prosper.
Now, the thing --
The thing about prospering here, and this
-- is I'm not going to dig
deep and play to them like
a dig deep into purpose today.
I'm going to dig into "&" today.
I'm going to dig
big into the ampersand.
Yes, the ampersand.
That is the stupidest name for
a symbol I've ever known.
It should just be the and
sign, but it's actually called the
But we're going to deal with the
"&" today because it's in the "&",
not where we try to mash two
things together and make an omelet.
But where we keep things separate.
Where it's purpose and play.
And actually, in the midst of our
Journey, it's going to be teaching
It's going to be
personal reflection and engagement.
It's going to be things on
our digital devices, digital and it's
going to be analog.
And this video will tell you how.
>> Hey, my name's Matt Welty,
I lead technology here at Crossroads.
And if this is your very first
Journey you're ever doing with us,
welcome. We think it's
gonna be life changing.
And I think this video is going to
help you get the most out of the
Journey. If you've done a bunch of these
with us, I want you to pay
really close attention because we've
changed the entire way the
Journey works. In years past you've
done all your individual journey
work, the homework leading up to
your group time inside the
Crossroads Anywhere App. This year we
got rid of all the homework.
There's no homework. There's no individual
work for you to do inside
the app. Instead, you're gonna get
one of these incredible Play &
These are chock full of exercises
you can do all throughout the
Journey to explore the concepts
of Play & Purpose.
We've also changed up how group
time is going to work.
In past Journeys, you've used the
app to help facilitate a
conversation. This year if you're
spending your group time, spending
hours answering questions in a living
room, you're doing it wrong.
We want you to have
a blast this year.
And so we've given your group
leader a leader guide inside the
Crossroads Anywhere app that they can
use to get conversations, going
to help everybody get to know
each other and explore these concepts
together. But we mostly want you to
get out there and play and
explore them in real life.
So this year, for the first time,
we've added group chat to the
Crossroads Anywhere app.
You can actually create a chat with
all the members of your group.
So now your group life can
operate more like your real life.
And you can subscribe within that chat
to the Play & Purpose Prompts.
These are daily conversation starters that
your group is going to get
inside the group chat.
And then throughout your day, whenever
it works best for you, you're
able to get to know each
other and explore these concepts together.
That way, when you get together
for your actual group meeting, you
can go out there and have a blast.
Let me show you how to
set up a group chat.
Open up the Crossroads Anywhere app and
go to the group chat icon
right down here. Start a new chat
by clicking this button up here.
Find the people in your
group and hit next.
Just like that, you're
in a group chat.
Go up to the settings and
turn Play & Purpose Prompts on.
These prompts are going to start
coming week three of the Journey.
This Journey is going to be amazing, so
make sure you get in a group,
you start a group chat, and you
subscribe to the Play & Purpose
Prompts. I'm excited together in this
journey to figure out how we
get the most out of
life through Play & Purpose.
>> So digital and analog, when
we're in multipronged things, we get
stimulated to a different degree.
I want us to think about
the beauty of the "&".
Jim Collins, the old business guru, used
to call it the genius of the
"&". I want to talk about the the
beauty of the "&", not just digital
But when two things that seem
like they're totally separate from one
another, totally can't mix, when we
bundled them together and put an
"&" in between them,
something powerful often happened.
Let's see if you can complete
these phrases of beautiful things that
"&" brings together.
We've both got to have
both of them, right?
Fully. If you just kind of meld them
and have dusk all day long, that
wouldn't be any good.
Day and night.
I say salty, sour, salty.
Whatever. We know the beauty of
when sweet mixes with something else.
Bourbon and anything I just heard.
My man needs to be going
to an AA meeting up here?
Somebody, bourbon and anything.
All right. >> Tea.
Come on. Are kidding me? This is
church, we can be honest here.
All right. Peaches and Sonny and.
Penn and Teller. Yes. Staying
up and sleeping in.
Here's one, go back over to
the spiritual side of the spectrum.
There's this really odd thing that
people have when it comes to
experiencing God. We have people who
oftentimes don't put the "&"
together. So much is
just all about faith.
It's all about what I believe Jesus has
done for me by going to a
cross for me, me
receiving Him by faith.
Others of us, it's all about doing
the right things, obeying the Ten
Commandments. And I obey the Ten Commandments
and I feed the poor and
I volunteer in Kids' Club.
But I do these things so
I can get to God.
Well, neither one of these -- Both
of these, I don't know, they come
together. Really, they do.
They live together. We
have to have faith.
And when we have faith,
we will have works.
We will want to do
those kind of things.
Those two things separated by the
"&" and is a powerful thing.
My favorite description of Jesus in the
entire Bible is in the Book
of John 1:14.
It says:. Full of grace and
truth. This idea of grace and truth,
you've got to have the "&" here.
These are two different things seemingly:
grace is you get another
chance. God's okay with you.
Truth is, this is the
way it needs to be.
You it. You got to do X, Y, Z.
God has this very definitively.
Well, how did these
two come together?
They don't you know, they don't
just kind of modify each other.
They are separated by an "&" so we
can live fully with both of them.
This thing blows me away this
is how Jesus is described.
It blew me away so much that He
is fully grace and fully truth that I
chose to tattoo myself.
It's the only tattoo I
have on my body.
[laughter] I'm sorry, I should've wiped
the perspiration off my body
after I was done working out. But
that actually is my tattoo that's
on my tattoo on my left shoulder.
And the reason it's there
is because I wanted --
[laughter] I wanted to be --
That's not my body either. No, it's
not, but that is my tattoo still.
I love the image of
grace and truth coming together.
We need the "&".
Check out some other verses and you
see the beauty of the "&".
Because in this Journey, I'm not going
to try to give us 50/50, 50
percent purpose, 50 percent play.
We're not gonna do that. When it's
time we're going to give 100%
purpose. Be on task.
And when it's time we're going
to give 100 percent play.
Get out and waste some time.
But look at how many times an
"&" pops up in different verses.
John 10:10: And if that's not
enough "&" have it abundantly.
Do you feel this way? Do you
feel that your life is full of
abundance? Or you feel like someone's
constantly trying to steal from
you? Do you feel like someone's
trying to constantly take your
energy? Do you feel like someone's
trying to destroy your peace of
mind? I tell you what, if most
of us were honest, the average
American inside of us, and most of
us in here are Americans, would go
like,. "Man, I do not feel that.
I feel like someone's always
breathing down my neck.
I feel like something is
always about to break.
I feel -- I feel
like I'm spinning my wheels.
I feel like I'm on the treadmill.
I feel like I'm in the grind."
This is the way we feel.
We do not feel as Americans that
we have life, let alone abundant
life. Friends, we need this.
The way to prosperity, at least --
at least two aspects of prosper,
there's a lot of others,
but the two that we're looking
at is purpose, being about purpose,
knowing why God has put me on
this planet, knowing that my life makes
a difference, and simply blowing off
and laughing and knowing that
He's a dad who wants
to see His children play.
Someone who's stolen from us and I
want us to consider someone has
stolen the "&" from us.
Someone has stolen the "&" from us
and told us that we can have
No, we can't. And told us
we can have purposeful play.
No, we can't. Stop stealing the "&"
and you have purpose and we can
have play. God has work
and He has rest.
In the Book of Exodus, Chapter Twenty
it says this as God has formed
all of the world, he says:.
This is what God does.
He works and He rests.
We need to have purpose "&"
we need to have play.
For years I've said for a long time
I hate the phrase, "I need to
attain balance, I
need work/life balance."
I hate that phrase: I
need to attain balance.
I don't understand what that means.
Balance in my mind is one of
those old balances and everything is
50/50. So as soon as everything's
50/50, you know, life is okay.
I'm going to tell you something,
nothing in life is ever 50/50.
If you're going to be married and
have a great marriage, it needs to
be a hundred/hundred. You need to
outweigh your spouse in terms of
how you serve them. When you are
at work, there is no like balance.
You need to be totally at work.
This balance doesn't make
sense to me.
The reason we get some place is
because I'm off balance and I can
walk. I'm off balance
and I can walk.
I'm off balance and I can walk.
So the balance illustrates for how our
life is to work I've never
understood. But I understand there's
some good things about it.
There's a new one that's coming that's
been out, I just found out
about this one. A friend of
mine in corporate America said, "Yeah,
the thing we talk about in our
business a lot is having a blended
life.". I said, "Blended?
What do you mean blended?". "Well, you
know, when we're at work our
employer is fine that we're using
company Wi-Fi to send personal
emails. Our company is fine that
we're making personal calls during
the day every once in awhile.
The company is fine if you've got
to leave in the afternoon for an
hour or so and do a closing
on our new home, that's okay.
Versus the old days, No, you
can't leave once you're here you're
here. No, you can't use the
company computers for anything that isn't
work related." No, you get now and
I understand that there's a blend.
And also on the other side, he
said, "When you're at home, you're
going to be answering emails, you're
going to be doing texts to
people, you're going to be having
planning sessions and thinking when
the kids go to bed and ..."
And I thought that probably is
an illustration that's more real to
life. But I kind of long for the
old days of balance, if that's where
Because the blend gets
rid of the "&".
At least with a balance
scale, there's two distinctly separate
things. Once you mash your life up
into one omelet where all of your
play is your work and your work
is your play, I'm telling your
friends it doesn't work.
It doesn't. These are two entirely
different things and we need to
excel at purpose and we
need to excel at play.
And some of us are excelling at
play and you're gonna get smacked in
the mouth with purpose.
And some of us are excelling at play
and you're going to get a kick
in the rear from your God.
Yes, God is going to kick
you in the rear about play.
He's going to say to you, "I'm not
happy that my son, my child, my
daughter is not having fun.".
No -- no parent likes to see
their kids studying all the time.
They don't. If we don't steer a
kid in the play box, sandbox every
once in a while or
playing a sport or something,
we go, "What is wrong with Jill?
What is wrong with Bernard?
What is wrong here?
They're never --
they're never smiling.
They're they're never happy."
We need to embrace the "&".
And this is what I love about my
God, your God, our God is that He
embraces the "&".
He lives it, and
he actually commands it.
In the Book of Exodus 31, here's
what he says: Above all, you shall
keep my Sabbath -- now the Sabbath is
one day out of seven for the
ancient Jews where they were
to not work at all.
Play is part of Sabbath.
I'm not going to say
the play is Sabbath.
It can be. It can be part of it.
For the purposes of today and much
of the other stuff I'm equating
oftentimes Sabbath to play, but
Sabbath, there's activities that
happen in Sabbath that
aren't necessarily play.
But just hang with me for a moment.
I love I have a God that says,
"If you work seven days, I will kill
you." I'm serious, that's
what God says.
He says, if you have purpose seven
days, if you can't slow down and
do nothing. If you think everything
revolves around you, you or me
are not good. If you're not
checking out and doing nothing
purposeful. You have a
problem with me."
That's awesome. Why do we think that
God smite us for bad things?
That's a good thing
Gods smites us for.
God still smites maybe.
Maybe he's going to smite some of us
if we don't get our rear in gear
and start playing more often.
Because play only happens
when we're off.
Play doesn't happen when we're
trying to close the sale.
Play doesn't happen when I'm trying
to put together the message, when
I'm trying to put
together the sermon.
It doesn't at all.
We need to, two things, I'm going
to keep saying these over and over,
Let me give you another verse. This
is a description from Jesus, this
is from the message translation.
Here's what Jesus says:
Aww, that just kind of
feels good, doesn't it?
There's just a, there's a lightness,
there's a playfulness to it.
We need to get
more playful, friends.
Maybe that's one of the reason people
get out of churches so much.
We're just not very playful.
We're always serious, we're upset.
We're all about (growls) raising
the standard and (growls)...
Oh, man. What happens if we just
live lightly, be a little free?
And what happens if
we live purposefully?
The same person, Jesus, who says
live freely and lightly, he says:.
It's like, well, wait a minute,
where's the -- where's the live
lightly guy? Jesus, "You know
how I get nourished?
I get nourished by
being on purpose.
I get nourished by doing
the work of God.
Who are you? Are
you live lightly guy?
Are you live freely guy?
Or are you get the work done, guy?
He's both. That's why he did
what he did in 33 years.
That's why you'd have no understanding at
all of how somebody from 30
to 33 could literally change
the world like He did.
That we would date time after Him.
That He would be known
as the greatest teacher ever.
That even atheists can't find
anything wrong with His character.
How did he do this?
Part of how he did this
was He embraced the "&".
He had purpose and He had worked.
So much work that he stretch himself
out in a Cross and died.
So "&" -- "&" he was funny.
There's been books written about
the humor of Jesus.
We don't get it because he had
this weird first century Jewish humor
that we didn't get, but he
was actually a very funny guy.
He was playful.
He let his hair down.
He kept the Sabbath,
I think, I think.
Most of us in here
are stuck in a rut.
You're stuck in a rut of
purpose, trying to have everything have
meaning, trying to have
everything have a point.
Trying to have everything build
digits in your account.
Trying to have everything add value
to something that you're stuck in
a rut there. Or you're stuck in a
rut of only working so you can get
to the weekend. (singing) Everybody's
working for the week.
Lover boy. You're hoping, you're
just waiting for the weekend.
You're waiting to retire.
You're at your desk and
you're dreaming about whatever.
You're you're just playing.
You're trying to fix. And here's the one
for all of us if we're in
either one of these ruts, all I want
us to do is just go like this.
Let's try the other rut
this next five weeks.
Let's just -- let's stretch ourselves,
because this rut where we are
is not stretching us.
It's killing us.
In fact, that's what a rut is.
It's a grave with
the ends kicked out.
And we have lifeless looks on
our face all over the country.
We have a lack of zeal, lack of
zest, the lack of excitement for what
might be coming down the
pike with our life.
And the reason why we're not more
successful in our purpose very well
may be that we're
not keeping Sabbath.
And the reason why our Sabbath, our
play might not be so fresh is
because we can't identify the
last time we were purposeful.
We can't. Can you?
Can you identify last year what's
something you did last year that
still enduring and you're thankful
you did last year?
You can't take us up like that,
you might have a purpose outage.
Can you think of something you did
last summer where you just lost
time, you lost yourself in it.
Can you think of
something last summer?
If not, you may
have to play outage.
If you can't have memories of either
of those, boy, the enemy has
stolen from you.
He's stolen from you and God
wants to steal you back.
He what -- He's not happy unless
he sees somebody, one of his
children who has life,
who has abundant life.
Last week, I was, um, I had --
I gave 9 different talks over five
days. Over a five day period
I gave nine different talks.
And I must say I
pretty much nailed them.
I've got to hand it to myself.
I got a hand it to myself. I
actually know one of them not so much
thought. At least eight out of the
nine I did really, really well.
And do you know why I
was able to do that?
Is hard. I know when someone gets on
stage, if they do it a lot, you
go, "Oh, that guy, that
woman makes it look easy."
But there's a lot, a lot
of work that goes into it.
It's crazy right now my adrenal
glands are open right now.
And I'm doing everything I can to
read a crowd and to anticipate what
you're thinking and try to sense what
I need to do to keep your
attention. And I'm trying to be
aware of how I'm getting physically
engaged. I'm burning
serious calories running.
I'm telling it as it is full
on full contact, all of it, mental,
emotional. How did I possibly over
five days create and give nine
different talks? Because the week
before that, I did nothing.
That's why the week
before that I played.
The week before that I didn't think
about anything that was going to
say. Play is when you lose
yourself in what you're doing.
I was camping. I was out west.
I was a total different place.
And so when I hit purpose, boom,
I had fresh stuff that was just
there in the tank.
This is the beauty of when we
bring these two things close together,
separated by an "&". The Bible
says 3100 times it talks about
prosperity. Thirty one
I have to tell you, I have to tell
you when I look in the face of the
average person I bump into
every day, not seeing prosperity.
When I look into the life of
the average person I know, I'm not
I'm not seeing joy.
I'm not-- I'm not--
I'm not seeing it.
I'm just not. In Genesis 1:28, the
last verse I'll share with you:
There should be a multiplying
aspect of your life.
There should be a
fruitfulness on our life.
It should be there.
I just want to ask you: where else?
Where else are you going to go
and anywhere in culture where someone
is going to help
you find your purpose?
Where would that be?
Where would that be?
Where are you going to go?
Anywhere in culture where someone is
going to give you a theological,
a practical, an encouragement,
understanding of playing and
disconnecting and acting like
a little kid again?
You can't get either one of
those, let alone both of those.
Buy you can get
them in this Journey.
Friends, I'm telling you right now, life
is going to come back to
your faith if you
take this Journey seriously.
I 'm telling you right now, if
you push yourself and do the things
that we've laid out, and
we've prayed about this.
We were working on us for
a year and a half.
If you will do everything that we're
encouraging you to do and get
engaged relationally, digitally,
worshipfully. All the things that we
have, I'm telling you, I'm
telling, I'm telling you you have
a greater shot at feeling
prosperous, of feeling abundant life in
you than anything else you
could possibly do in
the next five weeks,.
I promise you, you
cannot think of anything.
And there's nothing you can plan.
Nothing you can research to have a
greater shot at giving you a shot
in the arm than what we've got
planned for you the next few weeks.
There's nothing else that you can think
of that you can look for that
you're going to have full program for
six months and you don't have
to pay for it that's meant to
charge you up spiritually, that's meant
to get you to your God.
How often you get that choice,
how often you get that chance.
Take advantage of this, friends.
I'm telling you, take
advantage of this.
We don't get anything from you.
We want nothing from you.
We want something for you.
When nothing from you wants something for
you, we want for you to
prosper, to feel life, to smile
again, to have focus again.
That's what your dad wants.
God, I thank you for being a God
who isn't an ogre, who isn't a slave
driver. You want your children to enjoy
life, to take a break, to
take a Sabbath. And thank you for
being a God that includes us in
Your work and wants to put us
on a path to be productive.
You're amazing that both of those
things reside inside of Your mind
and reside inside of
Your call for us.
So help us encounter that.
Lead us to the right groups
in the next two weeks.
Most importantly, lead us to you.
And I praise things according
to the name of Jesus.
Amen. >> Well, hey, guys, we are
in it, the Play & Purpose Journey
has begun. So make sure you
get in a group this week.
If you're not already in one, there
are groups meeting in homes and
coffee shops and even online.
So you can
head to Crossroads.net/journey
to get in a group right now.
Your first group meeting
happens next week.
And if you live near a Crossroads
location, you want to get into that
Crossroads location to pick
up a Journey Guide.
Is it upside down? I can't tell.
Pick up a Journey Guide in that
location if you live near one.
If you don't live near a
Crossroads location, you're part of the
Crossroads anywhere community.
You're getting your guides mailed to
your group leader and they will
be able to give these to
you at your first group meeting.
Don't forget, download the Crossroads
app to get more.
And we will see you next week
for week two of Play & Purpose.