I have a rule in life and it goes like this…
‘Anything that needs to be described as “fun” normally isn’t.’
Fun Days – Come and spend your money here or let us tell you about our organisation in turn for a go on our bouncy castle.
Fun and Team Games – For those of us who haven’t been psychologically damaged enough by PE lessons at school, come and join in and let’s try again.
Learn Greek for Fun – Seriously people?! Listen to yourselves!
X Factor Style Preaching Competition (for fun?) – Just no!
Now I realise that this gives you an insight into what a grumpy cynic I actually am and it is true, if they produce a television program called ‘Grumpy Middle-Aged Women’ then I will be heading up the guest list. It’s not that I’m really miserable, I love to laugh and actually my sense of humour is always landing me in trouble, I just can’t stand forced fun.
It seems to be prevalent in Christian circles and educational institutions so put them together and guess what you get? Urggh! It’s almost as though we timetable our Christian lives; time for deep and serious worship, time for serious intellectual study, time for serious prayer for all the serious trouble in the world; time for fun.
But the best fun is always unexpected. Have you ever not wanted to go to a party but when you got there you had a great time? Or the other way around, have you looked forward to an event only to find that it was a disappointment, it didn’t live up to expectations? The best fun is created in the moment, made out of the unexpected, is where it’s snuck surreptitiously into a different timetable slot.
I don’t know about you but I don’t want to make time for fun, I want to have fun everyday as I go along doing what I’m doing.