I love to have fun. Most people do. When I was a kid, we would play wiffle ball in the front yard and basketball in the driveway, go swimming in the pool, ride bikes with our friends and have fun any way possible!
Today, I still like to play basketball in the driveway, corn hole in the back yard, and football or volleyball or lacrosse or whatever our kids want to play. We play with PJ the three-legged-wonder-dog in our backyard and he has a blast. Homes (inside and outside) are great places to have FUN!
A few years ago, we finished our basement so that as our kids got into their teen years, they would have a good space to hang out with their friends at our house. Ping pong, pool table, TV, video games, a kitchen and a bathroom — they wear our basement out! And when one of our sons has friends over at the same time that our daughter has her friends over, another room in the house is used for Wii Mario Cart!
Fun also includes board games — warning: don’t play my wife in Dutch Blitz / Perpetual Commotion, she will kill you! Whether you’re playing Spot It or Monopoly or Uno or Spades or another family favorite, when your family and friends are playing together, that is fun!
Fun is God’s idea. He wants you to live an abundant, joy-filled life. The weekly rhythm of a day of rest reminds us of the need to take a break from work, re-create (recreation) and have fun. In the Bible, Jesus says this: “The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy. I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). So if you’re not having much fun in your home, one way to change that is to recognize that your enemy (the devil) is the one who is trying to wreck your fun — not your other family members! Spend time in prayer, asking God to let your home be a place of fun.
Think about the spaces inside and outside your home. Where are the places you and your family have the most fun? Make sure in the busy-ness of each week, you guys are taking time to have fun together. Those regular times of fun each week and the special times of fun at birthdays, holidays and other celebrations build memories that last a lifetime!
Now think about the people you live with. What do they enjoy doing for fun? Why not take one night per week and let each person who lives in the house decide the fun activity the family will do? And whether it’s your favorite activity or not, play along and have fun together!