Thursday, October 9, 2014

Eccl. 6:9 Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don't have.

Eccl. 6:9 Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless; it is like chasing the wind.

Life would be so much easier and less complicated if we would learn this important lesson in life.  We can eliminate most of the stress in living if we could learn to enjoy what we have in the moment instead of pining for what we don’t have.  Most people are simply not content with how their life is now and they long for more and better things that they don’t have.  Let’s be honest about it.  Isn’t this why we spend so much of our lives working at jobs we mostly do not enjoy?  We work so that we can get what we don’t have so that we can have better lives than we have now.  The sad thing of it is, usually when we get what we want we discover that it either is not what we really want or it does not give us the pleasure and satisfaction we thought it would.

The world runs on dreams.  We are constantly bombarded with things we don’t have and think we might want.  We think about those things and begin to develop plans on how to get them.  Many are willing to see their dreams become a reality at any cost.  Many will sell out their souls in order to pursue their dreams.  What one does not have becomes far more important than one’s relationship with God.  Life is wasted away chasing after meaningless things.

A much better way to live life is to learn how to enjoy what you do have in the moment you are in.  The only way we can do this is to learn to enjoy the presence of God in our lives.  If we are not living in Christ, there is nothing in the world that will ever satisfy the soul.  Life will be nothing but a meaningless chasing after that which will always disappoint us.  Without Christ our dreams will defeat us.  Only Jesus can bring us peace and contentment.  Only Jesus can give life today and always meaning. 

Don’t put off enjoying life today in the pursuit of something that will not bring you lasting enjoyment once you obtain it.  Live in the presence of Christ and each day will bring you pleasure as His grace unfolds in your life.  Knowing that your soul is right with God alone can hold you steady in life regardless of the circumstances you are in.  Each day, each moment, can be a blessing to be enjoyed when Christ is in it.

If you must dream, dream about the life Christ is preparing for you in heaven and live in preparation for that life.  Life in Christ is the only life worth living for.  It is the only life you can really find enjoyment in that lasts a lifetime.

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