I am writing this article after the first day of the Kids Club. Not surprisingly my voice is a little hoarse the day and from leading a great game of “sock hockey” as well as singing some of the great kids songs and being a little silly. Children often bring out the silly side of us, the fun loving side of us. Actually, being with children brings out the fun loving side of me and I would guess that it actually brings out the fun side in all of us.
I think it great to have a bit of fun in your life all to often we forget what it is like to have fun. There are weeks in my life when all I hear from people that I meet, is how hard life is for them, and all their problems. However, when I spend time with children I hear a different story. I hear about the amazing possibilities in life, about the joy in their life. For children, having fun is a great and wonderful thing, they love the joy of the moment and live life to the fullest. We as adults know how important it is to have fun as a kid, but do we remember the importance of having fun in our lives as an adult. I certainly hope that we remember to have fun in our life.
Take for example Jesus; he was no stranger to having fun. True we do not have the same king of reference of Jesus laughing, like we have about Jesus crying. Although we do have plenty of occasions where he was having fun or where he was fun to be with, referenced in the Bible. For example, we know that children loved being around Jesus, in fact they flocked to Him in droves.
We know from reading the scriptures that Jesus rejoiced. In fact, there is every indication that He loved a good party, even helping to transform an ordinary wedding reception into something extraordinary by turning water into wine. In fact the religious leaders had a hard time with Jesus because he didn’t play by their rules, he was accused of having too much fun, even to the point of being called a drunk and a glutton and a friend of sinners.
Jesus was fully human and fully divine, so reason goes to say that he experienced all our human emotions including having fun. Jesus knew that we all need a balance in our life, and that having fun was part of that balance.