“Dr. Nana,” I hear my Cute Kid #1 or #2 say, “My sweetheart needs you.” Role play is immediate upon hearing the voice of one of my Cute Kids. Immediately, I stop what I’m doing to take care of the need of the moment. I put concern in my voice, check the tongue, feel the forehead, see if their knees will bend, and then comes the cure. I blow on their tummy, or “sugar bowl” as I regularly call it. This brings laughter which lets them know that they are cured! My role as Dr. Nana is a 24/7 calling. Why do I immediately respond? Because the relationship that I have with my grandkids is very special and important to me. I want to play with them, talk to them, and interact with them because my desire is that our relationship grow stronger by being together.

Role play is not real; however, it produces a real, living, relationship. It has a purpose and giving myself wholly to that purpose produces results. It is not the role play that produces true results, it is the personal response and desired relationship with the children that I love so very much. That’s what it is all about.

Thinking about this role play brings to mind my relationship with God, my Heavenly Father. When He calls, I can’t help but ask myself, “Do I immediately respond?”   Do I desire to have an interactive and responsive relationship with God like I do with my Cute Kids? Role play is has no good merit, spiritually speaking. Instead, it is a real relationship with God that we must desire to have.

Being interactive with God is pursued through reading His Word and responding to what He speaks to you about. Philippians 1:3-11 “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:  Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”

Paul told these Christians that he thanked God for them and that he prayed for them consistently. He reminded these people whom he loved so much that he knew God was going to work in and through them. Paul said that he had them in his heart. He prayed that their love and knowledge would grow. He wanted things to be excellent in their lives.

What a wonderful example of true Christianity. There is no role play represented here. Is your relationship with Christ real? Genuine? Sincere? Is it loving and excellent? Do you respond to Christ immediately, desiring to please Him with your response and reaction?

I have a real relationship with each of my children and grandchildren. I desire for that individual relationship to grow stronger and deeper by the day and continue to grow for a lifetime. It is more important that my relationship with God continue to grow deeper and stronger; growing and thriving with excellence until I see Him face to face.

Ask yourself, “Am I role playing with Christ or do I have a real relationship?” Seek to grow your relationship with your loved ones and with Christ today!