Ecclesiastes 9:7 Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.
Since this is not a call for self-indulgence or a prosperity message, what does it look like for a Christian to enjoy life no matter their circumstances? If you don’t believe that a Christian can enjoy life, listen to what John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Wow! Jesus wants us to enjoy life abundantly. What does an abundant life look like?
In order for us to live an abundant life, we must be connected to our present reality. We can’t allow our past or our future to rob us of our present. My mind is full of regrets that came with yesterday. I have an issue that causes my mouth to get ahead of my head. (Also known as foot in mouth syndrome.) Unfortunately this also happens on a Sunday while I’m preaching. I understand that some people can’t take it, but I will beat myself up for some of the dumb things that have come out of my mouth while preaching. Also knowing that some people are critics doesn’t help. I also say things to my wife, kids, and people I work with that I regret. This causes me to disconnect from my present because I’m too worried about my past.
What happens when we’re always somewhere else is we miss the present reality of God working in our lives and in those around us. Because we are constantly stuck in our past or present we start operating in broken cycles of thinking. So, how do we enjoy our present life if we are burdened with our past and future? As difficult as it seems, we rest. Sit in awe and slow down. Eat and drink deeply in the richness of His love, grace, and mercy. We can enjoy life when we sit and meditate on him and when we search God in everything that is going on.
Is your past or concerns of tomorrow keeping you from enjoying your life today?
“Sabbath is that uncluttered time and space in which we can distance ourselves from our own activities enough to see what God is doing.” – Eugene Peterson