A friend of mine shared this video on Facebook today, and it really got me thinking. It’s only 1:48 long, so watch it!
It doesn’t necessarily make me want to buy a VW, but the “fun theory” makes sense. People’s lives are so boring and mundane. What would happen if we injected a little fun into them? Would we take the stairs more? (apparently yes…ever run up the down escalator and laugh when you got to the top?)
What about with our walk with God? I think that we can focus so much on the “boundaries” of Christian discipleship and forget about the fabulous fun that we can have within those boundaries. Maybe we think that we can’t get drunk like we used to, so Christianity is no fun. We get caught up in the day-to-day grind of devotions, mealtime prayers, and so on that we forget to see God in the fun in our lives.
Have we forgotten how to laugh? Ecclesiastes 3:4 tells us that there is a season to laugh; Jesus tells us that those who weep will be given laughter in the kingdom of God. Heck, in Deuteronomy 28:47-48 God tells Israel that they will serve their enemies because they chose not to serve God with joy and a glad heart!
When our discipleship is fun, it is more enjoyable and therefore we are more likely to come back for more. On Thursday night I got to experience this firsthand. We had a family night on Thursday; it was the first time we had nothing on the schedule for a whole evening in a couple of weeks. (I know, I know…you want to lecture me about boundaries, about my schedule…) We played Life (the board game) as a family and had a great time. We laughed so hard my sides hurt! We made jokes, cracked up at the foibles of life, and had a blast. We built memories as a family and guess what? We want to do it again this week. It’s amazing how fun makes it more likely to happen again.
I had something similar this morning on my way to school. I ride a motorcycle (this one, though mine doesn’t look quite so nice), and this morning I simply enjoyed the ride. The air was cool, the sun was shining, and I simply enjoyed the feel of acceleration as I rolled on the throttle. I thanked God for bringing joy into my daily commute and the feeling of freedom that riding brings.
How about you? Where is your walk with Christ becoming a total drag? Go find some fun with God; just make sure it is good, clean fun! 🙂
If you came through the doldrums and made your life with God fun again, how did you do it?