I have great memories of joyous laughter and playing as I was growing up. There were many days of running through the neighbor’s yards, playing with friends, building forts out of left-over cardboard, riding my bike until the sun came down, and not having a care in the world.
I also recall my parents telling me to enjoy the moment because it was not always going to be this way. They said that eventually, we would have burdens and responsibilities and no time for play.
Unfortunately, this becomes a reality for many of us. We buy into the lie that adulting is all about seriousness and no time for fun. As I watch my kids grow-up, I realize we need more silliness in our lives.
I enjoy hearing their laughter and silly jokes and laugh to myself as I listen to them chuckle over a fart joke or some outlandish story about a man that flies across the globe nesting on people’s roofs (creatively bizarre, right?).
Letting them go on reminds me of my childhood and that we should never lose our sense of fun and laughter.
Man Up, Live Outtm:
Answer and Journal the following
Read and meditate on Ecclesiastes 2:24 for yourself. What does this verse say to you?
What’s your definition of fun? Be real. Be honest. Be vulnerable.
Plan and determine how you will start making room for fun and games with others. Bonus: Share this with a fellow brother and have them hold you accountable.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
To learn more about Carlos, visit https://carlosfpena.com