It’s Okay To Enjoy Our Lives
“Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil-this is the gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 5:18-19
I remember when my oldest two girls were toddlers, women would stop me in the grocery stores or at church and say, “Enjoy them now, before you know it they will be all grown up!”
I would smile back and reply, “I sure am trying too!” Or at least that’s how I remember it. Paige and Addie are 16 months apart so their first few years are a little hazy. Back then, I was just trying to survive. My days were spent making sure everyone was fed and bathed at least on a semi-regular basis…including myself.
Solomon is right when he says there is a time for everything. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
Over the years, I’ve learned to enjoy all the different “seasons” of my life. Instead of looking forward to one particular season in life, like I did when I was in junior high or high school, I’ve learned that in all seasons of life there is some special mixed in with some hard. And there always has to be hard days mixed in because they make the good days that much sweeter.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like Solomon takes a step back in this section of Ecclesiastes and says, “Just enjoy the life God has blessed you with.” Enjoy slower evenings and meals at home with your family. It’s okay to slow down and sit around the table with loved ones. What’s on the table to eat is not as important as who is around the table to enjoy it with. Taking time to enjoy our life and the gifts God has so graciously blessed us with is a way we can honor and give glory to God.
My oldest two girls are on the same softball team this season and the other night my husband decided to take them both out in our backyard after dinner to hit a few balls and just get some practice in before the next game. I watched my crew out there in the backyard, swinging bats and hitting balls…and missing a few along the way. Again and again they would practice catching fly balls and grounders. Our evening was a simple one. Our meal wasn’t fancy or expensive, if I remember correctly; I think we had leftovers to be exact. Dinner time wasn’t spent in long elaborate conversations around the dinner table, and I believe there were even a few tears when my youngest daughter wanted to practice with her daddy and bigger sisters and ended up getting one of her fingers smashed by a ball. (See what I was saying about the bad being mixed in with the good?!).
It was a simple night with simple people who just took time out of their busy days to enjoy the gift of time God had given them.
Time with our girls is what is priceless, and I want to spend my days investing well into their lives. I know this time in our lives is a “season” too and just like the toddler years…these years will soon pass. I cherish the gift of these years God has blessed me with.
That night after we put our girls in bed, my husband, Dirk, said, “Wasn’t tonight great?! I love it when we choose to slow down and just enjoy our lives!”
Dirk is going through Ecclesiastes with me and so we’ve had lots of discussions lately about what really matters in our lives. I’ve said quite a few times lately…”You know in the grand scheme of things…that really isn’t going to matter in a few years!”
What I’m learning is at the end of the day, a lot of what I worry about really doesn’t matter; what does matter is how I enjoy the gift of life God has blessed me with.
The enjoyment of our lives gives God glory as we thank HIM for the goodness of each of our priceless days.
If we focus more on the gifts than on the Giver, we are guilty of idolatry. If we accept His gifts, but complain about them, we are guilty of ingratitude. If we hoard His gifts and will not share them with others, we are guilty of indulgence. But if we yield to His will and use what He gives us for His glory, then we can enjoy and be satisfied. -Warren W. Wiersbe
Let’s Talk: What are some simple ways you can give God glory through your life as you enjoy the special gifts He has given to you?
Love God Greatly,
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