Yes, and I didn't even know it was monkey season.

I was listening to a podcast from NPR... yes NPR, called 'This American Life' and the topic was 'magic words'.  Words that when spoken were freedom not only to who they were spoken to but for who ever spoke them as well.

One of the stories was about a new approach to dealing with an Alzheimer patients... an approach that improv-comedians have used for years called 'yes, and'.  Whatever crazy thing the patient said like, 'There are monkeys in the yard.' the response should begin with, 'Yes, and...'.   For instance: 'Yes, and I didn't even know it was monkey season.'

The point is that you are 'playing along', you don't really see monkeys in the yard, you aren't fooled, it's just easier to go along with the crazy story rather try to convince or correct them.

I'm not talking about the times when you want to say, 'quit peeing on my head and telling me that it's raining'.  I'm talking about when it's just easier - or better - for you to go with the truth that is out there rather than trying to correct the finer points.

Have I lost you?  Think of it this way: Your child paints a picture and paints the sky green instead of blue and then then asks you, 'Daddy, do you like my picture?'.  As a daddy I would say, 'Yes, I love it.' when inside I'm thinking the sky is blue not green!  Encourage instead of discourage.

Sometimes we 'just go along' even with other adults.

Your boss says we need to make this change because of a loss in productivity.  You agree with the change just not for the same reason but there is no benefit to correcting his or her reason especially if it's just as valid and the end result is the same?

So what is my point and why am I writing this?

Because in the adult world part of going along with something or someone is that you have to be willing to be 'played'.  You have to be willing to be the fool for the greater good - that is a hard thing to do.  You have to be willing to place your pride aside and let people think of you what they will.   This not only applies to people on the outside looking in but to the people who think they've pulled one over on you.

Does this sound familiar?  It should.

Luke 2: 41-52 tells the story of Jesus getting away from his earthly mother and father for four days before being found in the temple.   His parents finally find Jesus about His father's business and are understandably upset.  His parents wanted him to come home with them and by all accounts he could have said, "I am Jesus - God's Son and I am doing my Father's business.' but he didn't.  In the middle of that story comes a little verse that most people pass right over, 'Then He (Jesus) went down to Nazareth with them (parents) and was obedient...' Luke 2:51.

Jesus was the SON OF GOD yet he humbled himself, set his pride aside and returned to his role as son because at the time that was for the greater good.

Jesus is the ultimate example of leading by example and if it was good for Jesus to that then what issue should I have with it.

Amen.