I just heard that joking around is a virtue. There is a balance in life between too much work and too much fun. There is the same balance in our souls. So often, in faith, we think that we must always be serious and pious in our devotion. Anything else would be disrespectful. The fact that playfulness and fun is a virtue should tell us that this thinking is just plain wrong.
Joy in the Lord doesn’t mean that we sit with saintly smiles on our faces gazing heavenward. It means that we delight in the creation around us. We delight in the people in our lives. We dance, we sing, we laugh, and we are real.
“The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10) tells us that this joy gives us strength in those moments when most would fail. I know people going through immensely difficult things with a joy that you just can’t explain. They smile, they joke, and they know that God is with them in all of it. They can delight in the small surprises that He gives them every day.
If your faith is weighing you down, or if you are avoiding growing in your faith because you will have to become serious, remember this virtue, and start having some fun. It’s my new favorite!
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