I wonder what various types of things the folks mentioned in the Bible did to have fun. What types of recreational activities did they indulge in to unwind? They did play; it says so in the Bible. One place that play is expressed is in Exodus 32:6 – KJV, “And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.”
I can imagine them playing hide and seek. Likely, they engaged in competitive sports. We don’t read where Jesus played. Is it reasonable to believe that he did? Probably, Jesus did fun things to balance his life on earth. If he engaged in competitive games, my guess is that he always won. Really, can we visualize Jesus not coming in first every time if he competed? Or it could be that he let others win from the standpoint of earthly perspective? We can only speculate, but I do believe that it’s reasonable to come to the conclusion that Jesus did engage in fun and playfulness.
We do read in the Bible about races. One such mention is in 1 Corinthians 9:24 – KJV, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize: So run, that ye may obtain.”
We all need fun in our lives to maintain balance. How many folks don’t include enough fun in their lives? How many parents are too often absent from the fun events in the lives of their children? Laughter and playfulness provide benefits indeed. Excess seriousness can be unhealthy. We need periods to unwind.
Outdoor recreational activities are essential. One main reason is because we gain from being in the sun rays. Vitamin D is in the sun, and we need exposure to vitamin D on a regular basis. The sun is one of the best places to get that essential vitamin. Also, time in the sun adds to our pleasure and energy levels.
We can have fun in our workplaces during the shifts that we spend in the midst of our co-workers. Yes, seriousness is necessary in our occupational and personal lives, but neglect of fun and laughter isn’t healthy to our spiritual, mental and physical postures. It’s good to be mindful to lighten up in our day to day tasks, activities, and responsibilities.
Yes, let us consistently include fun on our lifestyle “menus.”