This week is the Hubbard County Fair. It is fun to go through the 4-H barns, get some tasty treats, and ride some fun rides. The idea of a Fair is to display the talents and hard work of those in the community, but it is also to have a good time. Sometimes things like the Fair are called places of “amusement.” When we think of things that amuse us, we assume that “amuse” means to delight us. The etymology of the word actually means to do something that requires no thought. To “muse” over something is to think about, trying to lead to bigger thoughts. Sticking the letter “a” in front of the word (as in “atheism”) means that an “amusement” park is a place you can go to have fun and not think about life. It’s good to get away sometimes and just have fun without making life’s decisions.
While I don’t think that there is anything sinful about using our leisure time to rest our bodies and brains, the Bible does say that God wants us to turn our minds toward things that will build us up. He says in Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” God does not want us to spend most of our time with our minds in neutral, but He wants us to use our minds to glorify Him and think of what He has done for us.
If you go to the Fair, and you should, take some time to “amuse” yourself for a little while, but then engage your mind in things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, virtuous, and praiseworthy. Look at the animals and wonder at God’s creation. See the other people around you and show love to them. Have fun with your family and thank God for them. Have a great weekend!