This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. Ecclesiastes 5:18
I have a degree in Accounting and if you don’t know much about this work I can tell you that at the end of the month, quarter and year, we are very busy people.
There are always numbers to crunch, deadlines to meet, and reports to file.
I was always working, working, and working, but the job was so hectic, I never took time off. I never even took a vacation.
It took a 5 day stay at the hospital for me to figure this out. All work and no play are no fun!
I particularly loved this verse today because it says we should enjoy life and the things that we have earned through our hard work. Life is so short, we need to enjoy it as much as possible and that is what Solomon is saying here.
When is the last time you put your feet up and relaxed? When is the last time you did something just for the fun of it?
As a wife, mother, employee, and volunteer my scheduled is jam-packed with things to do.
We can find ourselves super busy, with no down time for ourselves in a heartbeat.
Just like we find time in our calendar for work, meetings, and other activities we need to carve out time for ourselves.
I know, I know….you feel guilty don’t you.
It’s okay. Trust me.
We were created by God to work hard and then rest, relax, and enjoy.
God, himself modeled this for us way back when He created the earth and everything in it. On the seventh day, after all his work was done, he rested and admired his work.
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2:2-3
We should do the same.
The truth is, we only have one life to live. Let’s make the most of it.
Father, thank you for blessing us with all of the gifts you have laid at our feet. Give us wisdom and discernment today to know when to rest, relax, and enjoy ourselves. You sent your Son, Jesus, that we might have life and have it more abundantly today. Help us to remember to do just that. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.