“I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance” (John 10:10)
Do these words describe your typical day?
How you begin your morning often sets the tone and your attitude for the day. Life can be disorderly or magical-depending on our outlook. One of the most effective and sure signs of the way our day is going to go is from the first thoughts that come into our minds when we wake up in the morning. And we can experience joy and have some fun with our day if we learn to start our day off right…overflowing with a joy that flows from a deep source so that we may fulfill the purpose that God has for us! The life He gives is abundantly rich, and the truth is…God wants us to enjoy life every day.
Have you taken Christ’s offer of life? God wants you to have some fun and joy now, not when…
F~feeling happy and excited
U~upbeat in every situation
N~naturally cheerful to everyone we meet
“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.” (Philippians 4:11-12)
It’s true that our typical day begins with stuff like going to work, cooking, cleaning, paying bills, taking care of children, etc…things that we may find monotonous and boring. But this is the ordinary, everyday stuff that God wants us to enjoy and have fun with! Imagine how much more enjoyment there would be in our lives if we chose to be content with everyday obligations and circumstances. If we are not putting joy and fun into even the ordinary and routine things we do, then people are not going to want what we have, and I am pretty sure we were anointed to live a normal life in an extraordinary way to bring honor to Him for all to see, We need to reclaim the fun and intense joy that we had as children, and so often lose as adults. Growing up and getting older doesn’t prevent us from having some fun with that same spontaneous and adventurous spirit that we had in our youths. The things we did as children, and all the things that made us happiest can bring us joy again today!
“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 8:15)
If you are too serious about everything, you need to lighten up!
Many of us are engaged in a lot of “have-to” activities, and we give up playfulness and fun to become more focused on our adult behavior. But sometimes we just need to take a break from our busyness, express and feel wonder and joy, let everything go, and live in the moment. Joy comes when we generate a happy and natural attitude, and is not dependent on our circumstances or obligations. As Christians, we should be characterized as people who have a joy that is overflowing, amazing, and abundant. We know that “the joy of the Lord is our strength”, so we need to bask in His goodness and grace and embrace His joy as our strength. There is always time to make room for lots of playtime in our grown-up world!
“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills before you shall break forth in singing and all the tress of the field shall clap their hands.” (Isaiah 55:12)