"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

2/13/12

For A Good Time...

I enjoy my life. Spending time with my loving husband is wonderful. I often have lots of fun with my two kids (when they're not driving me crazy, of course). And I adore my friends - both "in the flesh" and across the internet. I enjoy reading, writing, studying God's Word, working with kids.

Life, for the most part, is good.

One question on a "secret sister" form, however, has me pondering my life and what I enjoy. The question? "What would you consider a fun day?"

I had no idea what to write. And after an hour, I finally wrote something - but I'm still not pleased with it. Even now, I really don't have a good answer.

Oh, in the past, it would have been easy.

Thirty five years ago? Probably a trip to the zoo and some ice cream.

Twenty five? A day at an amusement park, most likely.

How about fifteen years in the past?  At age thirty I probably wanted a day with Marc, maybe a whole-day date, with a movie, meal out, and maybe a few fun museums.

Ten years ago (in the midst of Marc's health issues), a fun day would have included a 12-hour nap.

But now? I really don't know. Have I lost my sense of what enjoyment is? Am I so caught up in my own rat race that I am blind to the possibilities of  "fun?" Or, maybe my life is already so fun that I can't picture anything better. (Ummm...)

Regardless, God wants us to relish and enjoy our lives. We are to be filled with joy - live life abundantly.
"But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful." Psalm 68:3

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4
I'm still not sure if I've forgotten what fun is, or if my happiness in what I have has made me content enough that I needn't worry about it. 

But I DO know one thing: my life is good, and even fun sometimes. And even in struggles, He allows me peace and joy (if not a bit of fun).

And that's a good thing.

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What is YOUR idea of a fun day? Have your ideas in this matter changed as you've matured in years? in your faith?
Stop by Living by Grace and we can chat a bit!



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4 comments:

  1. That's a great question!

    I realize that I enjoyed myself after the fact; such as when I'm out on photo safari and get lost in what I'm doing.

    I've been aware that there is a difference between "had a good time" and "had fun." I'm thinking fun means including someone in the adventure and involves laughter. I last had fun back in November when I introduced my 6 year old grand niece to roller coasters. Now that was fun!

    Too bad times like that don't happen more often.

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  2. Love your honesty!

    Fun for me is definitely different than 25 years or even 15 years ago...well...maybe not...lol No, I'm not quite as adventurous as I was in my younger days. I don't know if I'd rock climb/repel or bungee jump. My back isn't that young anymore. Heck a fun day of jumping on the trampoline now, literally, makes me pee my pants!

    So I'm just not sure. :) As long as it included friends and/or family...well no, because some days I have fun all by myself. Sigh. I don't know what a fun day would look like. I suppose it would have to include tons of laughing.

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  3. Funny how the simplest questions can trip us up at times but give us the opportunity to probe deeper.

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  4. Lately fun for me has been hanging out with my teen daughter. I sure love being a mom! And I'm really enjoying the teen years. Who would've thought? lol

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