In this blog series, Pastor Kevin Dixon shares his memories and lessons learned from growing up in Minnesota where winters are long and sometimes severe. So many of those life lessons are relevant to the COVID-19 crisis and “Safe at Home” way in which we find ourselves living now. This entry is the third in our series.
I grew up in the frozen Upper Midwest, where having winter fun required spontaneity. Bitter, cold days were meant to be spent indoors, and snowy days were outdoor time. Winter required us to be flexible when it came to having fun.
That doesn’t mean good times were in short supply. We went ice skating, sledding, skiing, snowmobiling, and played street hockey. But, the most fun was when we just played in the snow—building forts, tunnels and snowmen. We had elaborate snow wars and built ramps to test our ski- and sled-jumping skills.
It was no problem to shovel snow as we built things just for fun. But, man, would we complain when we had to shovel snow off the driveway. We found ourselves just making up ways to have a good time.
The starting place was to be in the right frame of mind. Fun was difficult when we were complaining or feeling sorry for ourselves. There’s nothing worse than slumping your shoulders, putting your head down and mumbling to yourself while the adventure of a snow day awaits.
I have found that my right frame of mind starts with knowing where I am with God. King David wrote in:
Psalm 37:4 says:
Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
I love that word “delight.” It gives us a taste of what it feels like to be loved by God unconditionally. It is a bright description of our mood and disposition. Delighting yourself in the Lord is a great precursor to having fun.
During this current season of prolonged isolation, delighting is a discipline we need to practice. We must focus more on our conscious thoughts toward God by seeing his provision and love.
Delighting causes us to smile and to be thankful. It is a practice for our hearts. For true fun is an overflow of a heart that practices delighting in God.
So throw your shoulders back, lift up your head and grab a handful of snow – make every effort to add delight to your soul.
Kevin Dixon is the Executive Pastor at Journey Church in Brentwood, TN. He is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield IL.
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