I don’t know about you, but I’m not particularly fond of rules. I’m kind of a free spirit and prefer to make my own decisions rather than follow someone else’s rules. Besides – my decisions are always better and more fun – at least, according to me!
One thing’s certain-sure in life – we never stop learning. There’s another thing that is also sure. RULES!! No matter where we go in life, rules are there.
I’m thankful for some of these rules. Gravity seems rather necessary, for instance. But that rule about not being able to add hours to the day —
We abide by many kinds of rules – national, state/providence, school, work, and many others. Then there are God’s rules. Take, for instance, the rule about not stealing (Exodus 20:13). I’m glad for that rule. If everyone followed this rule we wouldn’t have to lock our doors! But to those who find “fun” in shoplifting or stealing from houses, this rule is a kill-joy. It takes “fun” out of life.
Here’s another – the rule about thinking on only the good, true, right, and pure thoughts (Philippians 4:8). If everyone abided by this rule, we could live in safety. But when carried too far, thinking on negative, untrue, and unbiblical things carries people along to doing untold horrors – even in the name of religion. And for some, their idea of “fun” is wrapped up in the negative and untrue, and following this rule would take away their “fun.”
So it comes down to our idea of fun. Where do we get joy in life? Is there joy and even fun in following God’s rules?
Well, obviously, I think so or I wouldn’t be writing about it!
First of all, God created us to ENJOY life! He’s the one who made blueberries and oranges, giraffes and bunnies, puppies and parrots. He made our minds capable of experiencing joy. He created us to laugh and to be happy.
God’s kind of joy and fun will not be found in breaking His rules, but by following them. Ugh. Back to that again? Yep!
We still have to live on this toxic planet, but by following God’s rules we can avoid much of the distress of life. By filling our minds with truth and positive things, we can evade a lot of fear, pain, and sorrow. By avoiding such things as stealing we are also avoiding guilt. All these negative emotions and thoughts keep us in bondage to ourselves, warping our sense of reality, and requiring more and more stimulus before we can feel joy.
But when our minds are free of all the negative “stuff,” it doesn’t take a whole lot to fill us with joy! Now “fun” becomes something we enjoy within the framework of God’s rules, and there is no compounding of negative effects afterward.
In fact, that’s the point. God wants us to have fun and experience joy with NO side effects!
Would love to hear from you. How have you found joy and fun by staying within God’s boundaries?