Are you struggling to find time to enjoy life? Do you ever feel guilty for having fun? Here are some thoughts that may help you out today …
“I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.” (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13, NIV)
I have been accused (rightly so) of going to extremes with ideas. I tend to be an “all or nothing” kind of girl. When I realized several years ago that God is more interested in our holiness than our happiness, I thought that meant that having fun was a sinful idea. When I started the quest of healthy eating and fully embraced the concept that “food is fuel,” I started to think that eating wasn’t supposed to be a source of enjoyment at all. But I have been reading the book of Ecclesiastes lately and it has given me some new perspectives.
I have traditionally had a hard time reading Ecclesiastes; I have gotten stuck in the verses about life being meaningless. As I have been reading it lately, though, I have been learning some new things. Many people try to get their eternal meaning from their daily lives. Work and other activities are their source of purpose. But they ultimately find that these things do not provide what is desired. True meaning and purpose can only come from our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. BUT, God gave us our work, hobbies, social lives and even our food as gifts to bring us a sense of happiness.
If we get our priorities right- knowing that our ultimate purpose is to serve and glorify God, then we can and should truly enjoy the rest of our lives. Have you taken the time to sort out what your true priorities are or are you just chasing the next important thing? Let me encourage you to live intentionally and enjoy the life that God has blessed you with today!