Article 24 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights says that humans have a right to rest, leisure and a reasonable limitation of work. In essence, the right to play is not a privilege reserved for the elite but a basic right for everyone. Article 24 rightly insists that people are human beings – not human doings. Their value simply comes from who they are not what they can accomplish. So the 9-year-old working 16-hour shifts in a sweat shop, the girl living under Sharia law with no access to physical education and the wheelchair bound student with no special programming are all functionally being treated as sub-human.
Play is not only fun, healthy and educational but is a foundational part of our humanity. We are not robots whose sole purpose is to produce. And we are not garbage that can be discarded or pushed into the background. Rest and recreation is a universal reminder of what we really are. When we forget this fact, when we functionally treat humans as either robots or garbage, our history becomes incredibly dark.
This is the point Jesus makes when he discusses the Sabbath in Mark 2. The Sabbath was made for man to enjoy, rest and remember his origins as a beloved creation - not to add another layer of religious duty onto tired people. When Jesus heals people in the New Testament, it is not only to alleviate their pain (though it certainly did) but it points to a time when the Kingdom of Heaven will invade earth and there will be no disabilities or restrictions anymore. The miracles of Jesus illustrate life... as it is in heaven.
This is a huge part of Uttermost Sports’ workload around the world. Adaptive sport camps, Paralympic events, programming for women, girls and refugees, all of it is done in an effort to work in light of this Sabbath - this reign of Jesus, that will one day cover the entire world the way waters cover the sea.
Bubby Bryan, DOC
Uttermost Sports