Finding God While Having Fun

By Karen O’Connor:

Do you know that you can be finding God and having fun . . . at the same time?

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Finding God while having fun is not only possible it’s probable—when you give in to your playful side and look for ways to live life on the joyful side of the street!

Leslie Alderman in her article, “Get Happy,” published in Real Simple magazine (September, 2005, p. 248), reminds readers that happiness (including having fun) brings its own reward.  “. . . it feels good–but it has another benefit: it’s great for your health.”

Researchers who study the science of happiness, according to Alderman’s report,  have found that “happier people live longer, have stronger immune systems, and are more resilient to stress than their less sanguine counterparts.”

Do you know that’s in the Bible?  Check it out!

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22, NIV)

What are some of the simple things you can do to make the most of your days, to have more fun, more pleasure, more relaxation?

Start by making subtle changes in your daily life.  Keep your to-do list under control.  You don’t need to vacuum every day.  You could change your linens twice a month instead of once a week. Cut down your volunteer activities.  Which one do you really enjoy? Focus on that and let the others go.

And spend a few minutes each day reading from God’s Word—the Bible. Take the 30-day challenge at biblegateway.com  and see how it will change your life for the better.

Make sure you have plenty of funshine in your life each day.  Do at least one thing that is fun for you.

If you want to take a nap, go for it.  If you love to walk your dog and chat with people you meet along the way, do that.  If your pleasure comes from sewing, then turn on your machine at least a few hours a week and pull out the fabric. If that means letting the dishes slide or your bed go unmade for a few hours, so be it.  Fun is as important as a tidy kitchen or bedroom.

If you relax with classical music or a good book or find pleasure in pruning your roses and arranging a bouquet, choose that, and make it an essential part of your routine.

Spending time with people you love, laughing, walking, keeping up with a hobby, are just a few simple ways to help yourself to have fun and stay mentally and physically fit. And the most important benefit is finding God while having fun. For it is God’s will for us to rejoice in the life he’s given us.

“And there you shall eat before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which the Lord your God has blessed you” (Deuteronomy  12:7 the Bible)

“The best people can do is eat, drink, and enjoy their work . . . this comes from God. No one can eat or enjoy life without God” (Ecclesiastes 2:24 the Bible).

Be inspired by this YouTube video on ideas for having family fun nights.

©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com, on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @karenoconnor  

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