We Need More Fun

We have an annual celebration at the end of our cycle of working with our staff who have chosen to invest a year here at our headquarters. It began more than fifteen years ago and has morphed into a huge barbecue for all attendees. Water slides add to the fun.

We’ve got a remarkably large back yard, which gave us space for two water slides, side by side, where both kids and adults could enjoy a break from the Florida heat and a time to relax with friends made over the year. Soon, all of them will move onto other endeavors and another group will begin. Again.

What kept me smiling all afternoon was the sheer fun everyone was having. Smiles abounded, on the kids and adults alike. What had been a tough year for many–story work is a challenging journey when you’re asked to look at what brought you to this point in your life–ended with laughter, clapping, hoots, and hollers as people went down the slides and lounged in conversation with one another.

We need fun. Life is hard for all of us. Wars, poverty, abuse, hatred, unfairness, and pain all contribute to the heavy weights on our hearts and minds. Rather than focusing on such discomfort and disruption, society has made it easy to keep our minds on social media and video games and seeing what others are doing to have a good time.

None of those things can fill us with the joy of shared experiences with others, people who come alongside and encourage or uplift us.

Job, the man in the Bible who experienced more loss in his lifetime than many of us could imagine, never turned his back on God, even in the pain. Even when his friends and wife tried to find blame in him for the reason he experienced so much hurt, he replied:

“He (God) will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” Job 8:21

Job realized what all those who believe in Jesus understand–His gift of life, forgiveness, and love unlimited can’t be taken from us. No matter what our circumstance.

The author C.S. Lewis, in his book “The Four Loves”, stated:

“Don’t let your happiness depend on something you can lose.”

Most everything in life can be lost–our family, friends, health, savings, and dreams. But the love of the Lord can never be lost. His delight in His own is limitless. His joy in us is infinite. He created us to be able to pour out His love on us.

It’s not something we think about much, but knowing God is fun–because it’s freeing and full of joy and the guarantee of His love.

I can get behind fun like that.

12 responses to “We Need More Fun”

  1. You are remarkably generous with your hospitality – and you do make it fun! I so appreciate how you build into the LHS folks and help them heal and grow. That experience is a gift – one both Steve and I continue to remember with much gratitude.

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    1. Ter, it’s a mutuality that never quits. We’ve gained so much from the people we get to be with. You are the gift.

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  2. Hi Dayle, yes, you are right and how good of you to open your home to people to have fun. The C.S. Lewis quote gave me chills. I have to change the focus of my life. Thank you for this wake-up call. Happy Memorial day weekend to you and your blessed family!

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    1. You know, El, it’s so easy to focus on what we can see and think that’s all that’s important. I’m guilty of that as well–that quote is a reminder of where my focus needs to be. What my heart needs to embrace. I appreciate you, my friend.


  3. C. S. Lewis also told us that to love at all is to be vulnerable. If you don’t want the tragedy of love your only other choice is to not feel at all. The world is a better place because you have chosen to be vulnerable and express your love so openly to those you work with and to us who read you. Thank you for taking that chance!

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    1. Michael, that has to be one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me. I’m a real fan of Lewis–and being vulnerable is the height of the willingness to love. But this has also gotten me some sweet relationships with amazing people like yourself. We’re in this together, my friend. You’re one of God’s sweet gifts to me.

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      1. Thank you Dayle. You are so very gracious to say that. And you are so right. Being open and vulnerable and loving as many as much as you can brings us together with some pretty amazing people! Amen!!


  4. Yes, the joy of shared experiences…nothing like it! I smiled the whole way through this one, Dayle. Thank you!!


    1. Thanks, Kev. The older I get, the more I realize we need fun to remind us of God’s playfulness and joy in us. Who knew?


  5. Daylio, yes water slides are fun…and you and John are fun. You provide the fun environment wherever you go. Love the connections you make and the legacy you are leaving in people’s lives.

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    1. Steverino, those are kind words and are greatly appreciated. You make it easy to be fun, you and Ter both. I’m grateful to have y’all in my life–even if just for a little bit! Heaven will be a hoot and a holler!

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  6. Love this blog, Dayle–the message is profound–and taking time to have fun, to celebrate life–after doing such intense emotional and physical work–is wonderful—taking time to celebrate God’s love even more wonderful. This is a refreshing breath of the spirit to my soul!! (Where did you find those water slides–by the way?) So, so cool!!

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