Ecclesiastes 8:15 And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.
It is critical that we examine this verse with a careful eye, because Solomon is not suggesting the “eat, drink, and be merry” philosophy. This is not a call for self-indulgence. Rather, Solomon is suggesting that we accept all God has given us. Instead of complaining about our situations or what we don’t have, we rejoice in what we do have. Despite all the difficulties of life, we are to enjoy it and live in our present reality.
Solomon is suggesting that we live our life to the fullest while being content with what God has given us. How do we live life to the fullest? We live life to the fullest by being fully present. It’s extremely difficult to do this in our culture. There are millions of distractions being tossed our way every second, which makes it difficult to be in our present because we are connected to everything else around us. How many times have we been in the same room with our spouses or kids and are not mentally there? If we are not living life to the fullest or living in our present reality we will miss God’s movement in our lives.
How do we live life to the fullest? It starts with us resting. It starts with us being content with what we currently have. It starts with us staying connected to the people we love. It starts with us inviting in the least, last and lost to our lives. It starts with us feasting with our family and friends. No matter what life will throw at you, this is how we live.
“The bow cannot be always bent without fear of breaking. Repose is as needful to the mind as sleep to the body. Rest time is not waste time. It is economy to gather fresh strength. It is wisdom to take occasional furlough. In the long run, we shall do more by sometimes doing less.” —Charles Spurgeon