Fun is definitely a matter of personal preference. Being a fitness instructor, I find creative takes on the traditional plank pose to upbeat music fun. I like when my muscles shake, and I often wake up in the middle of the night with new exercise variations to bring the next day to our adult “play-time.” I also find great joy in downsizing. There is nothing quite as exhilarating as that feeling of accomplishment from cleaning out the refrigerator, a room, my computer files, or especially from shaving off unnecessary clutter from my life. Anyone who knows me well, knows that there have been multiple occasions when I sold or got rid of everything I owned with the exception of two heavy suitcases that I most always wished were consolidated into just one. My perspective on earthly wealth shifted dramatically when I, on one occasion, panting after a train in India (which never really even stopped), had to choose which of those two suitcases to leap on board with.
Baggage comes in all shapes and sizes. The hardest things to release may not be your “stuff,” but it may be things of your past. Former priorities, regrets, empty goals, false beliefs, destructive habits, toxic relationships, prideful persuasions—these are the things that tend to follow us around like shadows, casting their dark hue on a sunny day. Or, it may be expectations for the future that weigh us down in the present. The flowery aspirations of love, success, family, growth, progress, etc. can easily become more cumbersome than the burdens of the past when God calls us to patiently wait for their fruition.
In Matthew 6:33 Jesus says, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” He knows what we need (and want); He has things taken care of.
So what is left, you may ask, if we have only one suitcase, the past holds no power over us, and the future is void of self-determined expectations? Fun! At least that is how I am starting to see it. If Jesus called the disciples to leave everything and follow him, couldn’t we see that same challenge for our own lives as a motivation to let go of the things that don’t fit into His plan? Ephesians chapter 4 shows me a great place to start in regards to knowing what to keep and what to get rid of.
If fun is what you seek, look to what Jesus promised: adventure, unknown, treasure, and purpose. He even lets us give Him the heavy bags so we can keep up with Him (Psalm 55:22). To quote the lost boys in Disney’s Peter Pan, “We’re following the leader, the leader, the leader. We’re following the leader, wherever he may go.” They knew how the make following fun! Why should it be any different for us?
About the Writer:
Lyndsay has been many things in her past; but no career, experience, or calling define her more than the desire to follow Christ. At present, she teaches movement classes and works as a wellness consultant in addition to raising her daughter to know and love the Lord.
Lyndsay has a blog dedicated to sharing and celebrating the work of Christ through her experiences as a missionary, world traveler, knowledge seeker, and recipient of God’s lavish grace: http://www.singwenowofchristmas.wordpress.com