Joy, Happiness, and Good Clean Fun

While the Christian life is not necessarily filled with temporal happiness, it is supposed to be filled with joy.  We all know that.  But I think we forget something – well, those of us raised in the American Protestant tradition, anyway.

Being with God is supposed to be fun.

If you read your OT, you’ll see the instructions to the children of Israel in regards to the holy days and feasts.  Do you know what they were supposed to do?  Bring their tithes of food and drink, and go to Jerusalem and have a party.  Yep.  Says to go to Jerusalem and eat and drink to the glory of the Lord.

Yes, life is full of valleys of shadow.  Places where fun just isn’t.  And we’re supposed to live righteously through those valleys.  Endure.  And those of us who fight against the follies of the flesh can forget… God made us for fun.  There *is* such a thing as good clean fun!   And we should have it.  We should make room for it.

Because we don’t have a bloodless faith, a dead faith, a faith that lies only in our minds.  We have a living God, a holy Bridegroom waiting for His bride, One who made wine and was called a glutton.  He laughed – we can laugh.

When we get our hearts right, when we get our heads right – laughter should be a part of our lives, and so should fun.

There is a time to *every* purpose under heaven.  Maybe even a snowball fight.  😉

4 thoughts on “Joy, Happiness, and Good Clean Fun

  1. donalgraeme

    But I think we forget something – well, those of us raised in the American Protestant tradition, anyway.

    We Catholics do that too. We shouldn’t, really. After all, we have recognized feast days. But we no longer treat them as feasts, as festivals, as something special. When I think on it, there really is too much emptiness and nothing to fill it.

    1. hearthie Post author

      Yes there is. No meaningful work, no cooperative celebration. Just consumption, endless consumption.

      There’s no joy in consumption. Pleasure, sometimes. But no joy.

  2. Chris

    Snowballs in San Diego? Say it ain’t so.
    Among the reformed, there really are no specail days, but it worries me when those who do follow a liturgical calendar do not celebrate the feasts and emphasize merely Lent: Winter without Christmas.

    1. hearthie Post author

      Well, not on the coast since ’67. But hey. A girl can dream. 🙂 Or drive up to the mountains.

      That’s sort of the problem – a lot of non-denoms like myself have found out that the traditional holidays are mostly pagan in origin, but getting going on the Biblical holidays is an uphill slog and feels odd. Plus to really have a proper festal celebration, you need community. Not presents in pretty paper representing lots of time consuming, you need community and traditions and laughter and good food and silly games.

      We get so solemn, we forget that being silly is okay.


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