In our high tech / high speed world, we tend to be going so quickly that we can miss the little things that bring big blessings. When was the last time you took in a sunrise? How about a walk along the shore with the waves gently washing over your feet? Perhaps a family meal without any outside distractions, like phones or TV?
The Wise Preacher has a word of wisdom for you and me today.
I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 8:15)
Finally! A word of wisdom that tells us there is more to life than increasing its speed! God has given us this gift of life to be enjoyed. Gladness is to fill the heart as much as food and drink fill the stomach. If we don’t take the time, time will take us, and it will take us to a place we never intended to be.
We all know what it is like to be living a life that is demanding, depleting, even incredibly discouraging at times. That is why God has commended the enjoyment of life to everyone who is living it. And that includes you! There is great enjoyment to be found in the mundane moments of life, because there is a great God right in the middle of it. God is in the soothing sound of ocean waves, the refreshing smell of a cool breeze, and the unexpected greeting of an old friend.
Life in Christ is for enjoyment, not enslavement! Joy will accompany us in our toil when our toil is being done for the glory of God. Sure, some days seem like they drag on forever, without any visible signs of fruit. We find ourselves careening from wall to wall . . . and we have countless bumps and bruises to prove it. But through it all, God says we are to enjoy the journey just as much as we look forward to enjoying our promised destination.
Take a moment to think about some of the “little things” you may have been neglecting and missing out on. There really are no mundane and ordinary moments in life. Time is short! Life is fleeting. Eat, drink, and be glad—make the little things big—and joy will accompany you in all your toil throughout all the days of the life God has given to you.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!