I just finished watching a documentary about the Homeless World Cup. Every year, homeless men and women from Ireland, Kenya, Russia, France, the United States, and many other countries gather together to play soccer. To win. To make friends. To escape the clutches of poverty and drugs.
I heard a particular phrase repeated again and again throughout the documentary. It went something like this:
Soccer helps me forget my problems for a while. When I’m out on the field, I forget about my terrible life.
The more I watched and listened, the more I realized, God is so kind to give us recreation.
Soccer allowed these people to put aside their ghosts for a few short hours. The sweat, slide tackles, and body-to-body collisions eclipsed the spectre of heroin and homelessness. A bit of joy snuck into their lives through a soccer ball.
In a small way, I can relate to the homeless ballers. There are certain times when I need to rest my mind. To stop rehashing the problems of my day. Sports help me rest. So do books and movies.
When I pick up my book, I’m meeting the grace of God. In rest. In forgetting.
What about you? Are there certain activities that help you “rest” your mind?
+photo by Brit.