My husband and I just returned from a much needed long weekend away. And I’m sure I’m not the first to say that a break from the norm is necessary from time to time. We all need rest…. so much so that God established a day of rest at Creation. Resting was part of the Ten Commandments and the old Mosaic law. And now we as believers are told to find rest in Christ Jesus. All work and no play was never God’s intention for His creation.
Now, this wasn’t our dream vacation. Don’t get me wrong, we had a lot of fun. But what made our vacation fun wasn’t the fact that we had the best hotel room, the best food, or the best entertainment. It was in the moments… the times we laughed, the conversations we had, and the memories we made.
We are taught to do many things as Christians. We strive for Kingdom growing, individual spiritual growth, loving our neighbors, and raising our kids to know Jesus. But all too often having fun and enjoying life seem to fall to the wayside.
Think about it this way: God created this planet. He created you and me. He also created all of the amazing things around the world for us to enjoy. Why give us laughter if we weren’t meant to spend time laughing? Why give us sunsets and beautiful scenery if we weren’t supposed to take the time to enjoy our surroundings? And why give us the ability to make fun memories if we weren’t meant to have fun in this life?
God wants us to create memories… moments in time where we reflect on all of the good things in life He has blessed us with.
Moments and memories are important. They remind us of God’s goodness and His love for us. As our heavenly Father, God wants us to enjoy the life He has given us and to experience all of His amazing blessings. His creation was designed to be enjoyed.
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. – 1 Timothy 6:17 (NIV)
Something struck me while I was on vacation with my husband… why don’t I choose to enjoy life like this all the time?
The truth is that all of life was meant to be enjoyed. I should be enjoying all of life’s amazing moments – time spent with my daughters, family mealtimes, holidays and celebrations, and family movie nights. Why can’t I choose to find rest on a Tuesday afternoon while playing princesses with my girls?
In Christ, I can.
Even in difficulties and hard times, I can choose to find rest in Jesus and peace in His love. I can choose to enjoy God’s blessings instead of focusing on life’s struggles.
Like I said before, we didn’t have a “dream” vacation by worldly standards. There were certainly some negative aspects of this getaway we could have focused on. But focusing on the negative would have ruined all of it. Instead, we focused on the positive and enjoyed ourselves.
So from this day forward, I’m going to strive to enjoy life… in all of its amazing moments. I’m going to savor all of the beautiful blessings God has made for my enjoyment.
So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. – Ecclesiastes 2:24 (NLT)