The world is a heavy place and there are serious people everywhere. It is true there are many things going on that require a sober response. But what do we do with all the weight? Are we supposed to keep the guard up indefinitely? Instead, I’d like to suggest jumping on a trampoline.
This may sound like an endorsement for denying reality and shirking responsibility. But actually the opposite is true. If we are to face the things before us and offer the strength that is required, we are going to need some reserves.
A revived heart is a strong heart. And one of the best agents of revival is joy. Choosing to find joy is not an escape from trouble, it is a means of confronting it. To quote the rebuilder of walls, “The joy of the Lord is [our] strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)
It is amazing what a front flip can accomplish in the fight against darkness.