Joy and Fun

I like to have fun.  Doesn’t everybody?  I understand God wants good things for us.  So much so, that He gave His only begotten Son.  Scriptures are full of rejoicings and celebrations.   The Apostle urges,  “Rejoice in the Lord always.”  The fruit of a spirit-filled life includes joy!   I kind of link joy and fun together, so I was surprised that I couldn’t find the word “fun” in the Bible.  (Actually it is in the New International Version one time, but in the negative sense of poking fun at somebody.)

            When I think “fun”, I remember rough-housing on the floor with my kids when they were small.  My first reaction is “what fun that was”.  And it was, but more significant than the fun, was that it brought me a deep down exuberant joy to be able to experience such a blessing.

            Let me suggest there’s over-lap between “joy” and “fun”, but there’s also a difference;

            “Fun” is experienced momentarily, then it passes.  “Fun” has to do with circumstances.  It feels good but it focuses on me.  I am doing what I want to do, what’s exciting and pleasing to me for the moment.  “Fun” is selfish.

            “Joy” is deeper.  I can be standing in the cold and rain and still be filled with joy!  Joy stems from knowing how blessed I am, from hope, and goodness.  “Joy” can be experienced regardless of circumstances.  It even comes as a result of what happens to others when you are left out!  Joy is unselfish.  It is a spiritual thing.  It comes from being right with God.  Fun is nice.  But, joy lasts.

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