We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
2020 has been one of the hardest years I can remember. I lost one of my best friends to cancer; several of my friends lost loved ones in unexpected tragedies; we’ve been isolated, experienced national chaos, and a worldwide pandemic. Under such circumstances to talk about fun may sound frivolous and out of touch. But I have good reason to believe joy is exactly what we need.
Research shows that fun can trigger the release of endorphins which promote an overall sense of well-being. And happy people have better relationships with others. The Bible supports turning on the joy even in challenging circumstances.
Joy Is Biblical!
From prison the Apostle Paul wrote:
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4 NLT).
King Solomon, the wisest of kings wrote:
A cheerful heart is good medicine” (Pro. 17:22 NLT).
A Psalm addressing the injustice of the wicked getting away with their evil schemes includes this admonition.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires” (Ps. 37:4 NLT).
Considering these biblical admonitions, this Thanksgiving is the perfect time to count our blessings—not calories.
And Nehemiah continued, ‘Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!’” (Neh. 8:10 NLT).
How do you add joy and play to your day? Or what do you need to add? I want to put better boundaries on my thought life and incorporate more play. Oswald Chambers said, “I am ever playing in God’s Presence as well as praying in it.” I like that.
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Happy Thanksgiving from the Wilsons,
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