It's a Good Thing to Have Fun

FUN Jennie Allen

My friend Bekah celebrated her birthday by giving us the greatest day. On New Year’s Eve, we all chose words for the year and Sunday afternoon at a Texas Vineyard (yep we have those) overlooking the hill country, she brought out little canvases with our words.

Bekah’s word was Give. And I can attest that by day 9 of this year- she is already knocking it out of the park. What kind of friend gives the greatest surprise of a day, complete with thoughtful gifts on her own birthday?! Bek- you are crushing your word.

And turns out in the process- she’s helping me crush my word.

My word….

Fun.

I know it sounds shallow.

Look at my deep friends up there.

Hope. Go. Give. Faithful.

And yes Sarah Henry picked her own word- HOPE. God is slowly giving back her words and how beautiful that this year she could choose a word and she is CHOOSING HOPE. If you don’t know my friend Sarah’s story read here.

FUN Jennie Allen
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FUN Jennie Allen

And then I go and choose Fun. It was so crystal clear to me because this is what I realized, that on accident…

In an effort to love God- I started working for Him.

And I know things like this…

Titus 3:4-6

…When the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.

But I got terribly urgent- I mean in the last few years I have seen some crazy stuff. God move around the world through thousands and thousands of women, I’ve seen blatant warfare, I’ve walked through a horrible stroke for 2 years with one of my best friends, I’ve traveled and met face to face children who live on streets with no one on earth who loves them, I have visited with so many of you, whose lives are FILLED with suffering. I mean overflowing with it.

So it is a bit understandable that fun was replaced with urgency. And that is right and ok for a season, except that I have lived heavy and burdened and tired…. and it is not free and it is not joyful and it is not what God has for me here. Read more on what I've learned about happiness here.

So here is my incredibly deep and profound plan for having fun. 

I am going to:

Let God be God.

Enjoy Him, rather than work for Him.

Move into hurt with more hope- because we have it. It’s real- not pretend.

Enjoy the work He is doing around me rather than feel pressure from it.

Pray more than I worry.

Celebrate more than I complain.

Laugh as much or way more than I cry.

Build a fire pit and sit for hours beside it with my people who are so big it hurts to look at them.

A year of required FUN- this should be great! I will keep you posted on progress. :)

Have you had a chance to work through the Dream Guide? What is God showing you?

Oh and share with me how you have fun?