June 17, 2014 - What's Wrong With Fun?
By Hal Donaldson
Our happiness is more important to God than we might realize. He created pleasure because He enjoys watching us laugh and smile. He also created fun to counterbalance life's pain and disappointments.
Ecclesiastes 3:4 says there is "a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance" (NIV).
God expects us to work, but He also expects us to play. We don't need to feel guilty for taking a vacation or visiting the lake on a Saturday afternoon.
What brings you pleasure and rest?
Our challenge is to discover God-honoring forms of relaxation and entertainment in a world of excesses. Too much of some things — television, shopping, eating, for example — can erode our spiritual health. Jeremiah 6:16 encourages us to ask God to guide our choices: "Stand at the crossroads and look … ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls."
Fun — though important — is not a substitute for prayer, Bible reading and church participation. In fact, when we have intimacy with God our times of relaxation become even more enjoyable because we know we're bringing a smile to God's face too.
— Hal Donaldson, who served as editor of the Pentecostal Evangel for 13 years, leads Convoy of Hope in Springfield, Mo.
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