5. Laugh Heartily.
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Be good, but not too good.
Be bad, but not too bad.
This one kind of messes the Legalists up. It’s in there though. You can check for yourself. I even linked it for you!
I will say this is an area where I’ve got to do a better job. Therefore, maybe the best thing I can do is add a couple more scriptures for you. There are dozens of verses about laughter and here are a few:
“A joyful heart is good medicine,
But a broken spirit dries up the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22
Then our mouth was filled with laughter
And our tongue with joyful shouting;
Then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.” – Psalm 126:2
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; – Ecclesiastes 3:4
Like I said, these will mess up some of the sour, prim and proper among us. Even our work can be enjoyable and it’s a gift when it is. Be good, but not too good. Be bad, but not too bad. You can’t be perfect so don’t try. You only get a certain amount of time on this side of eternity so enjoy it… but don’t go wild. Most importantly, don’t stress yourself out either way. Laugh a little. Have some fun. Not only will you not die, but you might actually live.
I understand that it’s hard for some people to do anything fun without feeling guilt. Guilt is a lie. Guilt is from your enemy. Guilt is what others try to put on you even when you’re not convicted of the moment. Guilt does nothing but rob you of your appreciation of the present. (Conviction, on the other hand, is from the Holy Spirit and it’s highly personal. Conviction is the Lord telling you that you are out of bounds.) Don’t let other people put burdens on you to act like they think you should act. Neither grieve the Holy Spirit. I’ll say one more thing and leave this one here: as you mature in Christ, you will find that He is a lot more permissive than you think.
All I want you to do is be able to enjoy your time here with your family, your loves, some hobbies and such without guilt. What’s the point of a journey that you never allow yourself to appreciate?
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