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Have some Fun

How easy it is to become so focused on teaching and training our children that we forget to be fun.  I don’t hold to the idea that we need to make everything fun for our kids – sometimes life is hard and we need the character, the gumption to push on through and this is hard.  But a part of our makeup is to enjoy life – I don’t believe God is a grumpy God who just wants us to grin and bear it.   I believe He wants us to lift our heads and see

  • See his amazing creation and enjoy it’s beauty
  • See the family around us and enjoy their uniqueness
  • See the friends around us and enjoy their contributions to our life

God has given us so much to enjoy.

Do you enjoy life – just for the fun of living?  Or do the responsibilities of life weigh you down and blot out the fun factor?

I have to check myself and make sure that I don’t always say no.  Surely there are times that I can say yes!  I think we can get in a rut and simply say no because of convenience, habit, or because it keeps us in control.   Before I say ‘no’ I need to ask “why not?”

In asking this question I have found myself being more innovative, involved and inconvenienced!

  • Innovative – this is to do something different than you’ve done before. This can be scary – but it is what makes family life an adventure.  It may be as ‘out there’ as letting your kids make snow from toilet paper (oh the mess!), or it may be letting them go abseiling!
  • Involved – My kids were thrilled when I went tobogganing with them in Switzerland. Living life is about getting involved.  It may be easier to watch from the sidelines – saying yes often means getting dirty, wet, or messy but the rewards are there.
  • Inconvenienced – saying no keeps me in control, saying yes, well, who knows what will happen!  Letting someone else’s dream or idea happen may well mean I can’t do what I wanted to do.  This is family life – there are times we need to lay down our life.

Saying yes, isn’t about having no boundaries in our family, but rather thinking before I say ‘no’, being prepared to have some fun, being prepared to live life with my kids.

Where is the fun factor in your family life?

Are you stifling it or encouraging it?

More importantly are you a part of it?

Fun looks different to each person and each family and we need to make room for that.  Fun looks different as our children grow up and yet, if we don’t create a sense of family fun while they are young they may well become embarrassed and withdraw from this aspect of family life as a teen.  This is sad.   Once again the foundations we lay in our family will reap rewards in years to come.  Start having fun now!

Enjoy the world where God has place you

 

I’m joining many other bloggers with The Nesters challenge to blog on one topic for 31 days in October.   I hope you will revisit my series and many other blogs over the month of October.

Yes, I know October is over, but I slipped a little behind so I’m still finishing up the series!

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