Ruger was the father of fun in our house, often initiating growly barky games with the other dogs. He and the Duchess would go at it, getting louder and louder until Annie would step in and tell them to knock it off. “Take your outside voices outside!” Mind you though, Miss Annie was also known to stir it up from time to time. It sure was fun to watch those kids play. Ruger and Miss Annie are gone now which has left the Duchess without her lifelong playmates. Granted, she has the Budster and Mumford but it’s not the same for her. No one will ever play like Ruger did.
A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.
Ruger wanted me to tell the others to have fun after he was gone but we haven’t really done such a great job of it since then. We don’t quite know how to get it started but it’s time we try to figure it out. It may be awkward at first but Ruger’s memory will help us get there. He’d want us to fill the Ruger-shaped hole left in our hearts with joy and fun.
I believe God showed Ruger how to have fun and He sent him here to teach us because we forgot. We will always be grateful for that blessing. I miss you, little buddy. Until I see you again, enjoy yourself as I know you are.
If the Missus tells you that I don’t know how to have fun that’s simply not true. It’s just that my idea of fun might be different than others. Perhaps what she means is that I don’t play. I find pleasure in many things but I don’t frolic. I don’t mind if others do but it’s not me…or her for that matter.
I remember playing when we were kids. We played in the yard, in the street and went over to our friend’s house to play. We had lots of fun. Kids today don’t know how to have fun. Their noses are pressed into their computers and smart phones. When they get older they won’t have any pleasant childhood memories like we do and that’s sad.
13 Then little children were brought to him for him to lay his hands on them and pray. But the disciples scolded those who brought them.
14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
15 And he placed his hands on them and went on his way.
Jesus loves children. They are innocent and carefree and that’s how God wants us all to be. He promises to take care of us and to provide for all of our needs. He wants us to have fun and enjoy life, like Ruder did.
In Zechariah chapter 8 when the Lord is talking about peace and prosperity of Zion, He says in verses 4 and 5:
4 Thus says the Lord of hosts: Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of great age.
5 And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.
Children naturally know how to dance and sing. They know how to celebrate with all their heart and I want to be like that. Take these burdens from my heart Lord, and make me as a child.
“…for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
We will have loads of fun when we are with the Lord in glory but we don’t have to wait until we get there. It’s time to remember how to be a child again.
Luke 12:23 ESV
For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
Let’s go have some fun!