Posted by: Mike Willoughby | July 20, 2010

Faith = Fun?

This week, I am in vacation fun mode as I enjoy the sweeping Great Plains of western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming.  However, over the past few weeks, I have enjoyed reading about my Facebook friends’ summer vacations and seeing the pictures recording all the fun.  From stunning mountain vistas to endless stretches of beach, my fb friends have been to almost every corner of the globe this summer.  Sparkling new Chinese cities, African photo safaris, stunning South American mountains and waterfalls (see Ashton’s fun picture above), brown bears in British Columbia, Colorado white water rafting, pristine Bermuda beaches, weathered Irish castles, misty Rhine river valley grape orchards, towering Baltic forests and tar-free gulf shores are just a few of the vacation experiences my Christian friends have enjoyed this summer. 

Can you have an active faith and still have fun?  Absolutely!  According to David, God has designed a faithful life for you that includes beauty and pleasure here and for eternity.  In the passage below, notice how David describes the provisions that God has made for our pleasure.  Although many think of God’s boundaries as restrictions that hinder us from accessing the “greener grasses” of fun on the other side, David believes these boundaries are designed specifically to provide pleasure and delight.

LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;
       you have made my lot secure.

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
       surely I have a delightful inheritance.

I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;
       even at night my heart instructs me.

I have set the LORD always before me.
       Because he is at my right hand,
       I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
       my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the grave,
       nor will you let your Holy One see decay.

You have made known to me the path of life;
       you will fill me with joy in your presence,
       with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Psalm 16:5-11

The grass is really greener on this side of the fence!  You have a beautiful inheritance from the Lord.  Have fun with it!

Until next week,

Meet me at the intersection!

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