Every once in a while, we need a reminder to have fun.
Oops, sorry, let me clarify…
Every once in a while, we people over 14 need a reminder to have fun.
You don’t need to tell a kid to laugh. To play. To explore. To be silly.
Nope. These gems of society do it all on their own.
But those of us 14-and-up need a reminder.
I say “age 14 and up” because I think life has become very serious for adolescents. This continues, and perhaps intensifies, for young adults, middle-aged, and the “seasoned” alike.
Of course, these serious things are crucial to life. We can’t be 13 and under forever: wild and wide-eyed, not knowing how the mac-n-cheese ends up on a plate for lunch. Energized, yet clueless about the responsibilities our caregivers wish they had energy for.
Work trials, relationship maintenance, selfless servanthood, missional living, daily hygiene, resisting temptation, staying awake, parallel parking… it’s a lot of work.
God knows this. God designed this. But He also recommends fun:
“So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 8:15 NLT)
Do yourself an immense favor and read Ecclesiastes. Not in ye olde’ KJV (which is not fun). Read it. Despair with it. Nod your head in agreement. Yep, work and responsibility can feel endless.
Whether you are 16 and worried about future scholarships,
Or 30 and you love your kids, but don’t like them right now…
Whether you are 19 and experiencing burn out from the dorm life,
Or 25 and bored with the daily grind…
Remember that verse about fun.
And have it.
Have a blast this weekend everybody! I know I will be!
Ps. I recommend frisbee golf, this extreme course is found in Billings, Montana. And yes, my husband is the MASTER of folf putts on the edge of a cliff.