A couple of weeks ago I was alone at our cabin in the woods north of Willow working on a building project. I really enjoy looking at space and designing something creative that improves functionality with minimal cost. For example, my son, Ryan and I, cut dead spruce trees, debarked them, and built a couple of small shelters at the cabin this summer. I have to say that such projects are "fun" for me. So this got me thinking about the difference between fun and happiness and joy.
Even though I was working in pouring rain for 5 hours I was having fun! And I was happy! And when I connected these feelings to God I experienced pure joy. And that joy led to gratitude to God for a mind that creates and a body that still works to bring a design to completion.
So, can adults have "fun"? What is work to one person may be fun to another. It seems to me that fun, happiness, and joy are interconnected. For me, though, joy runs deep within my soul. God is a fun God whose joyful heart delights in seeing us use our God-given gifts in creative and playful ways.