Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Choose to Enjoy Life

"Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses .... into something a little different from what it was before." -C.S. Lewis

We’re right in the middle of a Busy Life series.

After we stop glorifying our busy schedules and making excuses for how busy we are, we begin to see our choices. We make a choice to not let stress rule in our life; not let it control us.

We make a choice to enjoy life.

“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 8:15).

In the midst of a chapter on
  • obeying the government, even when we don’t want to
  • our lack of control over the day of our death
  • people are going to do bad things
  • bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people

In the midst of this ancient list of modern-day problems, the wisest man who ever lived wrote, “So I commend the enjoyment of life.”

Life is hard. Bad stuff is going to happen. We can’t control every situation. We can’t manipulate away every negative outcome.

But, we can choose not to gripe. We can choose to work hard in whatever area God has called us and gifted us. We can choose to enjoy that work. We can choose to trust God. We can choose to recognize He is in control. We can choose to find joy.

Be sure to check back soon. We’re going to look at a couple more choices we can make

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