I was eating breakfast with my wife. We had gone to a nearby town for the weekend. I noticed three college students eating near us. They had such a lively discussion that most of the other people in the restaurant weren't even talking, just listening. As I was about to leave, I felt prompted to go talk to them.

I went over to their table, introduced myself and asked them, "What do intelligent college students like you think of the person of Jesus Christ?" Their answers were very interesting, but one really got my attention. One student said, "I don't think we need a book of rules like the Bible." He described it as being like a straight jacket.

I tried to explain to them that God made us and knows what is best for us. They aren't rules just to restrict us or keep us from having fun.

I realized how rules are good for us, when we were building a house. I had heard a lot of stories about how the building inspectors were and how they just liked to make a lot of rules in regard to building codes. On several occasions they made us change something that we had done. Initially it bothered me. After asking some questions, I realized that the codes were for my safety and to protect my investment as a homeowner.

God loves us and is not a cosmic killjoy. The more I live by His Word, the more I see that His ways really are right and best. As His children, He just wants the best for us. Don't view God's word as a book of rules that restricts us and keeps us from having fun. See His Word as a guidebook to a wonderful life.

God is not a cosmic killjoy.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV)