That ever famous line etched in cinematic history by the late Heath Ledger prompted a good thought for me today, why are we so serious all the time? I mean think about it. We become adults, whatever that means, and we live under the assumption that being silly is forbidden. That life has to be structured and in order and that "fun" takes on a new meaning.
Working in youth ministry however, that's just not possible. There's a fair share of silly that accompanies the serious. And that's okay. There's nothing that will remind you quicker that you are getting older and that times are changing than working with teenagers.
You will master the art of asking dumb questions such as, "What does 'bae' mean?" because you think it means babe. You will realize that while some things are still very much the same, most things are very very different.
You'll think that you have to be serious because that's what they need. Newsflash: that's not what they need. Not all the time anyways.
They need to see that you're human too. That you are a whole person. Not just some boring adult. That's the quickest way to turn them off on anything positive you could ever have to offer them. They're searching for transparency. That includes being silly sometimes.
Tonight my youth group will hold our annual random night. We will dress silly. Take silly pictures. Have a lip sync battle. Present the Randy's. There will be chaos, of the organized persuasion. There will be silliness, lots of it. But most importantly, there will be community.
And at the end of the day, isn't that what we're all looking for anyways?
Just because you're an adult, doesn't mean you've lost all opportunities to have fun and be silly. Life would be awfully drab if we weren't silly sometimes. It's a balancing act. But it's a necessary one.
So today, I encourage you to be silly. In whatever capacity that is for you. Maybe for you that's flying a kite at the park. Or leaving some chalk art on your neighborhood sidewalks. For me, it will be dressing up and presenting silly awards to some pretty neat students. Regardless, silliness is okay. I still believe that laughter is the best medicine.
So what will you laugh about today?
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Until next time,