As my family and I were driving home last night from a short vacation I saw a bumper sticker that caught my attention. I’ve basically had this blog post written in my head since then. Here’s the bumper sticker that got me thinking:
This bumper sticker made me think of the Cheryl Crow song “If It Makes You Happy” that was popular when I was a teenager. I just looked it up on YouTube and saw that Miley Cyrus recently sang it with Cheryl Crow… somehow that just seems very fitting. The chorus of the song says, “If it makes you happy it can’t be that bad; If it makes you happy then why the hell are you so sad.”
This type of thinking sounds good: Do fun stuff and avoid what you don’t like. The only problem comes when the police sirens chase you down for breaking traffic rules (“But officer, I don’t like stopping a lights, I have places to go!”) and the electricity in your house goes out because you don’t like paying bills. Again, something that sounds good just doesn’t work.
Life isn’t all fun all the time… even if you’re a Christian and have the joy of the Holy Spirit. The times we experience the deepest joy from God are often the times when we’re the most uncomfortable, while the times we crave joy are the times when we’re totally “secure” and “safe.” So if you want to live with a “All fun all the time” lifestyle, then be prepared for very little joy… because God gives it to those who are willing to live bold, sometimes risky, always faith-filled lives.