Walking into church a few Sundays ago I saw two young boys tossing a Gatorade bottle into a trash can. They were shooting the bottle as if it were a basketball, using the trash can as their basket. I could hear them joyfully discussing the record for most shots made in a row.
Seeing this made me think two things. First, I made a mental note not to sit by them at church. They kept reaching back into the trash can to retrieve their bottle. I didn’t want to have to shake hands with them at the sign of peace. Second, I applauded them for their imagination. Not literally applauded, although they probably would have enjoyed an audience.
Leaving church, I overheard the same kids telling their mom all about the game they invented. They called it “trash ball.”
I wanted to interrupt and explain to them that they had a great opportunity for a pun and that they should call the game “Trashketball” but then I remembered how germy their hands must be so I decided to keep my distance.
After hearing how their game was played, their mom said, “I am very proud of you guys. I usually have to bug you to throw away your trash. But instead of complaining, you made it into a game. You turned a negative into a positive.”
What are things in your life that you don’t like to do? Is there a way you can turn those into something positive? What could be your trash ball?