This is the Year of God’s Possibilities. It is a proclamation to focus our people in faith attitudes in the one true almighty God. God’s people have resources supernaturally. These are accessed through our faith. Faith for the kingdom of heaven upon earth means faith for God’s goodness for our families, finance, friendships and fun.
Religion binds people up in ritualistic ways. Do not mistake holiness and sanctification with legalism. I am not saying we become so liberal that we become unrestrained in our morals and standards. I am saying that God is not a kill-joy God. Amidst faith for our families, finance and friendship, enjoying life is quite in order. I am saying this from a background where believers were not allowed to watch movies in cinemas or go bowling. Of course home movies, DVDs and computer games in Wii changed all that.
Over the years I noticed a change in the concept of fun and fellowship. People like me who used to be serious and melancholic have to learn rest, relaxation and having some fun.
Fun and your Stance
I learned from a mentor that there are three stances by which one may relate with others: as a brother, as a faithful worker or as a soldier.
As a brother the emphasis is on relationship. Brotherhood is enhanced by friendship. Brotherly affection focuses legitimately on fun. But it may be hard to focus on bearing fruit. To confront lack of fruitfulness is out of character with brotherly affection.
As a faithful worker he is diligent and committed but may be rigid. Fun may not be strong in his equation on work ethic. Absorbed in the work there is no time for fun and games. Stress is not unusual in these dear workers in the Lord’s harvest field. You can hardly do without these.
As a courageous soldier he handles opposition, fights for the cause and does not shrink back. He can take a lot of beating and get a share of bleeding but he may lose joy and fun in the process.
How is FUN a factor of faith for God’s possibilities?
Fun is a vent for a high pressured lifestyle. There is a time for it.
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Pro 17:22)
“… atime to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance” (Ecc 3:4)
Fun is not an anti-thesis to Godliness. Good humour is hard to come by but when present it is heartily welcomed by all. But at least we can learn to laugh more at ourselves and not take ourselves too seriously. This could be the first step to fun and joy.
I have noticed that a heart is more disposed to fun and laughter when one has learnt to be free from anxiety. Worry is deadly. Let us not borrow from tomorrow’s troubles. The Amplified Bible says in Matthew 6:34: “Do not get worked up by what may or may not happen tomorrow”. Give your attention to what is happening right now. When you are asleep, God works on your behalf (Mark 4: 26-29).
Asians are good at celebrations and festivals. These are good for fun in the midst of stress. Friends we invite for cell festivities respond well. Have a fun-filled and merry Christmas this year!
Ice-breakers are a bit of work but it always pays off, creating fun and laughter when transiting people from stress to cell meetings.
Laughing along with you,
Group Senior Pastor
New Life Churches