This blog is written by my dear, sweet sister, Kimber. She’s pretty awesome, and far more positively insightful than I am. Enjoy.
I don’t know when it happened exactly—the dawn of fun as its used today. I just noticed it all of a sudden one day. Perhaps it was a renewed perspective that came with age, maturity, or schooling. Or maybe it was the day someone mentioned it to me in passing as a general observation. I began observing it too. Fun as the ultimate goal. Fun as the end-all, be-all. Fun is what everything is all about.
When parents see their kids after anything they’ve done, the first question is always “was it fun?” or alternatively, “did you have a good time?” It doesn’t really matter what the event or activity was. School—was it fun? Soccer—did you have a good time? Work—was it fun? Church—did you have a good time?
This question in and of itself is not harmful. I find myself asking it far more than I mean to. The hesitation comes with the expected answer to these questions. Yes. And the emphatic unsaid “or else!” If it’s not fun, if they’re not having a good time, the activity is not worth doing. As though the knowledge and social skills learned in school are not important without fun. As though the physical challenges and fitness habits learned in soccer are not worthwhile without fun. As though the work ethic developed through hands on experience and learning the value of a hard-earned dollar are not useful without fun. As though the faith growth, Christian fellowship and worship of the Almighty God that have eternal significance beyond life in this world are not valuable without fun.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for having fun. But I don’t think that everything else should be set aside so that life is about fun alone. All work and no play may make Johnny a dull boy, but all play and no work will keep Johnny from experiencing the fullness of life. And experiencing all that God has given us in this life is usually pretty fun…
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”-John 10:10b