Are We Having Fun Yet?

April 8, 2013 — Leave a comment

Toir at the Park













This past week my wife and I were having a, well, discussion.  It lasted for a few days.  Actually there was no discussion because we both were disgusted with the other.  As is our want, we finally came back together with a note written.  My wife was the first to write me (I am too stubborn I have been told).  I reciprocated.  I was not very happy when I read her note.  She dared criticized me, can you believe it.

After I got over my righteous indignation I came away realizing she was correct.  In a nutshell, she told me I am too serious and don’t take the time to have fun.  I got to thinking about this and I realized she was right (as she normally is).  I don’t, we don’t, take the time to have fun.  You see I am a school teacher and a part-time youth pastor.  I am busy!  I don’t have time for all of this frivolous stuff we call fun.  I mean I have serious jobs and need to get things done.

But I also have kids, and my kids are not getting any younger, in fact, my oldest one told me his is ready to leave, get out on his own.  He is probably correct, he needs to experience life on his own.  But it all reminds me that we can be TOO serious.  What was the old axiom? All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy?  I think there may be more truth in that than I realized.  Now we can certainly go the other way too, but I think most Americans don’t have this problem.  We work and work to buy things we don’t need to impress people we don’t like very much.

Well yesterday I took the plunge.  I decided to have more fun.  I took my kids to lunch (except Taylor) and we had a great time.  Then I took my little girl to the park for over two hours, unheard of for me.  We even rode our bikes there and back, it was great.  I knew it was great, because she mentioned the bike riding first thing this morning, and has not left my side all day, pretty great side benefit!

So here is some quick advice:

  • Make time for fun
  • Schedule it into your calendar, that way you won’t feel so guilty
  • Be more fun, everything is not the end of the world
  • You have a big job, but is there any bigger job than you family?

I know we have to get our work done, that life can’t be all fun all the time, or can it?  What if we had more fun in our daily lives? I read Romans 12:1 today in church:

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.

And I got to thinking, what if we took this to heart and really acted in this way?  Wouldn’t more “fun” be a natural result?  I mean what is the purpose of life?  It can’t be all work?

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Todd Freese