“…My burden is light.” Matthew 11:30
God is holy, but He’s not uptight. The same God Who said, “Thou shall not” also installed laughter in the human experience. Don’t get the idea that the less fun you’re having, the holier you are. He came that you might have life and that same life in abundance (John 10:10). You may be used to finding life and laughter in the wrong things, with the wrong people, and in the wrong places. Let Him change that. Maybe the idea of holiness and happiness seems an impossible mix, but not with God! I dare you to ask Him to concoct this combination in your life. He’ll do it and you’ll love it!!
Surrender is the starting place. Agree to declutter any places in your life that contain ungodly entertainment, including gossip and fun at the expense of hurting others. Ask Him for help with the dirty parts that have been dearest to you. Ignore the lie that you’ll be bored without them. Give God a chance to show you what a genuine good time feels like. Warning: this kind of joy can be addictive, and you may become a good influence on those around you.
You will discover that your old ways weighed you down with guilt, regret, and sinister side-effects on your reputation and relationships. Roll it all over on the cross and walk with the lightness of forgiveness and a new start. Don’t view surrender like, “Look at all I have to give up!” Instead, see it as creating a void for God to fill up. His reputation for generosity will overwhelm you, and you’ll wonder why you ever settled for less.