There is a certain subset of nerds out there on the internet that absolutely love to talk about what they carry with them on a daily basis. They will write or talk endlessly on about the kind of bag they carry, what goes in that bag, what they keep in their pockets, and all manner of other things related to Every Day Carry (EDC).
It turns out, I am one of those nerds.
I am sitting this morning in a coffee shop in between meetings working on some sermons and other writings, and I have this little pouch that holds all the cables and adapters I may need throughout a day. A few weeks ago at the National Youth Workers Convention, I found this yellow ball in the exhibit hall that someone was giving out. We tracked down the booth that gave them away and I nabbed one, and threw it in to the little pouch.
Something about it sitting here next to me on the table while I write just seems fitting today. A ball has almost no practical application, a ball is there to be fun. For as much as ministry is a job, and there is work to be done, and sometimes it is difficult and hard work, there is always room for fun. I like the idea of knowing that at a moments notice, I could stop and throw the ball around with someone. Maybe even a total stranger!
So here’s my encouragement to you, particularly if you are in a ministry field. Throw a ball in your backpack. You never know when it might come in handy. At least for me this morning, it is doing the job of putting a smile on my face!