In Defense of Myself

Biblical Text: Luke 18:18-23
Guidelines for Individual Playdates

Value of This Activity:

Places us inside the narrative of the text, and thus helps us explore the ramifications of those narratives

To Begin . . .

Spend a moment in quiet prayer. If you wish, begin by freewriting for 3-5 minutes. Just let the pen empty out your concerns and thanksgiving for the day. Breathe.

How to Play . . .

  1. Read Luke 18:18-23.
  2. Create a monologue for the “rich ruler” of this narrative — after he leaves Jesus. Be that ruler and talk to yourself about what just happened. Like those imagined conversations you have with people you’re angry with or confused about. Do an “internal” monologue like that, defending your actions or decisions in the story. If you don’t know where to start, begin with something like “But Jesus, you need to understand…” Or begin anyway you wish. Carry the discussion on in your head, or say it out loud, or write it out. Defend yourself!
  3. If you wish, then write a letter from Jesus back to “yourself” as the rich ruler. Expand the story. Explore the possibilities.

In Closing . . .

Take a moment to breathe and let the playtime settle around you. Carry your curiosity and insights and questions into the day.

Playdate Reference Material:

Everyone Is a Character
Playing with Narratives
Guidelines for Individual Playdates
Playdates with Scripture ARCHIVES

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