Can Christians be too serious, sometimes too much for their own good? Surely God wants us to take Him seriously; no problem there? But does He want us to be serious; all the time?
When we were kids, we were probably used to getting up to some mischief or other, knock and run, poking fun at our friends as they poked fun at us, and generally quite naturally not taking life too seriously; we were kids after all.
Now, we see through a glass darkly; we lose some of that childish magic we had as kids, and the ability to laugh for its own sake. I have a great sense of humour, I’m quite witty and I love to belly-laugh, you know, when your ribs ache and you are, in a very nice way, out of control. Laughter is a gift from God I believe, and one that we exercise too rarely. I can be too serious, sometimes.
Also spontaneity is a gift from God too; breaking the monotonous routine can be good for us, and can recharge our batteries. So these gifts are God-given, and we should use them from time to time. We don’t have to be sombre or puritanical as Christians; Jesus Himself said: (and I quote) "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." This doesn’t sound like a killjoy to me, but someone who wants the very best for us. Abundant living could cover a whole lot of things, material and spiritual blessings, and also things that may seem inconsequential in the great scheme of things, like laughing and being content, but which may be more important than we think.
Be spontaneous! Do something nice you haven’t done before, or something nice you like to do. Go to a restaurant; buy a few comedy DVDs and have a good laugh; have a few glasses of wine or a few beers; pay your TV licence fee! Seriously; have some fun! And try to live life, and take each day, as it comes. It makes life so much easier.
So, God’s message certainly is that He wants the very best for us, and laughing and spontaneity might be a part of His plan for us.