The world is a heavy place and there are serious people everywhere. There is important work to be done and there are pressing battles that ask for our enlistment. These responsibilities require us to be sober and on point. But what do we do with all the weight? Are we supposed to work without sleeping and keep our 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. Joy is fuel for our work and it is a weapon against evil. Choosing to find joy is not an escape from trouble, it is a tool to confront 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.