Have you ever gotten physically tired playing
with your children from them saying “do it again.”?
You just couldn’t lift them again
You just couldn’t throw them in the air one more time
You just couldn’t swing them in a circle without passing out.
So… why is it that they always say DO IT AGAIN?
There may be something deeper to their DO IT AGAIN then we know. One of my favorite authors GK Chesterton gives us an amazing perspective on DO IT AGAIN and how it is connected to God.
Why do pleasures always end for us?
In his book “Orthodoxy”, GK Chesterton suggested an intriguing answer. Our problem , he said, is that we are too easily bored.
Listen to his amazing words
These are some of my favorite words written in Christian writing…
“A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess, not absence of life. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say “do it again!”; and the grown up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning , “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately , but has never gotten tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old and our Father is younger than we. The repetition in nature may not be a mere incurrence it may be a theatrical encore.”
Is that amazing or what?
Why should we think an impersonal , objective law says all grass must be green? Why not, rather, imagine a God who has not yet tired of green flowing fields and things that is the best color swatch on hills?
Perhaps God possesses a limitless capacity for pleasure, a boundless joy that admits no boredom.
After all Jesus did say we need to become like little children to enter the kingdom.
It’s one thing to remain childish; it’s something else to grow throughout adulthood into becoming childlike.
I have had people at times complain of repetition in worship songs at church. They have expressed their boredom with singing the same chorus over and over again and that “we got it by the third time, you can end it.” They may not be expressing their maturity but their immaturity; their loss of child likeness in the kingdom. They lost their “do it again” spirit.
I think the ultimate repetition happens every day in heaven…..they are stuck it seems like and can’t turn the screen lyrics to the next verse. “Holy, holy, holy” is heaven’s song to the Lamb. And they sing it over and over again; not because they don’t have anything else to say but because God may be saying “Do it again!.”