Ecclesiastes 8:15 says, “So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun”.
After reading this verse recently I decided to write a list of the things I enjoy doing. It was an interesting exercise and it reminded me of some of the things I really love doing and that give me a sense of relaxation.
We all work hard to make a living, looking after our families and in serving God. I think it is important to take down time and find things you enjoy.
So, how about you? What do you enjoy? What things give you a sense of rest and pleasure in your times away from work?
In Romans 12:1-21 NLT we see a section that talks about being a living sacrifice for God. If we break up these verses we see nine things that help understand what it is to be a living sacrifice.
1. Renew your mind from worldly patterns to Kingdom patterns (v2)
2. Realise you belong to others, we are all part of Christ’s body (v3-5)
3. Use your God given gifts to bless others (v6-8)
4. Really love others with genuine affection, don’t just pretend (9-10)
5. Work hard and serve God enthusiastically (v11)
6. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them (v13)
7. Live at harmony with each other, bless and pray for those who persecute you (v14-16)
8. Don’t take revenge or pay back evil with evil, let God deal with it (v17-19)
9. Don’t let evil conquer you, overcome evil with good (20-21)
Some of these things can be easy to do, while others can be hard. That is where the being a living sacrifice comes in. It is where the rubber hits the road as they say.
I wonder which ones are easy for you and come naturally? I wonder which ones are harder and struggle with? Why not take some time to prayerfully reflect on these nine things today?
Over the last week or so I have been reading the Book of Ecclesiastes for my morning devotions. It is an interesting book written by Solomon.
Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived, he was wealthy beyond measure and he achieved many amazing things during his life.
In Ecclesiastes he writes about achievements, wealth, work, pleasure, wisdom, injustice, relationships and political power and describes them all as meaningless.
While the tone of Ecclesiastes can be taken as quite depressing, it really is a positive book. Solomon writes from the perspective of doing these worldly things as a means to themselves.
He writes as doing these things and achieving a lot without a relationship with God. He says that these things are meaningless, like chasing the wind, if they are not done with God in mind.
As I have reflected on Ecclesiastes I have had two important reminders. Firstly, it is important to have a strong relationship with God. And secondly, it is important to enjoy life as a gift from God.
I am really enjoying reading Ecclesiastes again. It is a book that is rooted in the reality that while life is often hard, but we can make sense of it if we are connected to God and see it as a gift from Him.