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The Definition of ‘Fun’ By Cory Miller

Today I was asked the question: “What would you like to do?”

That’s a general question and I won’t elaborate on the context. But I answered with this: “I want to have a lot of fun.”

That answer could be interpreted in a whole bunch of different ways. And I didn’t explain it very well. And it wasn’t received very well. So I’d like to explain what I mean by that statement.

‘I want to have fun’ means to me:

  • I want to do things and be involved in things I’m passionate about. Passion equals fun for me. It wakes me up in the morning and keeps me awake at night.
  • I want to explore and learn new things … uncharted territories … like this whole Web thing. I’m from Oklahoma, so this has a lot of context for me because of our state’s history with the Land Run. I look out onto the web and I see a vast, mostly untapped land of opportunity and promise. And I want to be a part of that and stake my claim there.
  • I want to develop relationships with people, find their strengths, and help them find the things that are “fun” to them and consequently, they will thrive and be most successful doing.
  • I want to see how far I can take something that has near limitless potential and opportunity. I think that’s being a pioneer. So I guess, yeah, I’d like to be a pioneer. Now that’s exciting: Taking something into uncharted territory … with great promise … and historic significance. Where years from now, others will follow in your tracks.
  • I want to write my own little page in history. And for me, again, that involves the web. I’ve said this to a bunch of people and blogged about it, but … the Web is still in its infancy. It’s an infant, maybe even a toddler in the perspective of history. But because it’s had such a huge growth spurt — technology and innovation multiplied exponentially — most people don’t realize it’s been in the “mainstream” for less than two decades. And all of us doing stuff on the web right now are making history.
  • I want to work hard … doing all the things above … because, put all this together and that’s my definition of ‘fun.’ Fun stuff for me isn’t really hard work though because I’m caught up in doing all this stuff that inherently energizes me and drives me (See above).

But to put the bow on all this random talk …. I want to do all these things above in a manner that exalts and glorifies the God I love, worship and serve. Bottom line. At the end of the day and for eternity, it will only matter how I use the life, time, energy, money, gifts, whatever, given me to manage … it means … doing those things according to the principles, values and truth of my God and in a way that reflects His love and grace and truth.

… and I think, really, when you boil all of this down, all of this means and translates into … me having a whole heck of a lot of fun in the process.

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