A Nation of Fun-Seekers

John Koedyker

READ : Philippians 1:1-6, 12-19

When I was in Japan years ago, a Japanese Christian said something I’ll never forget. He said that it seemed to him that all Americans are interested in is having fun. After being back in this culture for ten years, I would say my Japanese friend was right. Having fun isn’t the only thing North Americans are interested in, but it is high on their list of priorities. Often we evaluate experiences on whether or not they are “fun.” For example, most of us would say that having a tooth extracted is “no fun.” On the other hand, exciting things like going to Disney World, taking a ski trip, or being with good friends at a party are “fun.” We would rather have fun than be serious, so we try to live it up as much as we can especially on weekends.

Christians are human, and therefore, like everyone else, enjoyhaving a good time. But Christians are less escapist than their secular counterparts. Having fun all the time can quickly turn into a self- centered life. Then what do you do when life simply is not fun? What about serious illness, death or tragedy? Christians realize that joy is different than fun and suffering is often the pathway to a strong faith. Jesus’ death was no fun. Paul’s chains were no fun. But through those things came blessing and eternal satisfaction.

PRAYER

Lord, help us live our lives not simply to have fun, but to do Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.