Duke Kwon is an associate pastor at Grace DC, a PCA church in Washington, DC.
I wonder if the summertime is when we’re at our most human. Life’s obligations—including work, groceries, diapers, and bills—carry on as usual. But during these longer, warmer days, at least more so than other times of the year, we give ourselves permission to acknowledge, even celebrate, our human limits. We “vacate” our schedules for extended periods of rest and recreation. We travel, allowing colleagues to cover for us or function without us—an event that liberates us from the illusion of indispensability. We dust off our old tennis rackets, seeking to master that elusive backhand. We dust off our imaginations, making and mastering fresh summer reading lists. Awakened from our fluorescent light-induced slumber, we play under the sun as giddy admirers of God’s creation. We are never more like our children—as delighted as they are in a popsicle or the chance to run through the sprinklers. And Jesus had a few glowing things to say about those little ones.