A Contemplation of Life

This month we’re talking about a topic that we do and don’t think about: enjoying life.  When people think and talk about enjoying life they often feel guilty about it, as if we should be working hard and reaching goals and there’s no time for fun or life because you should be working for the future and the things that are enjoyable aren’t “Christian.”  But I see so many people who are stressed out, miserable, unhappy, depressed and freaked out about life and all that goes on that I think we forget that life isn’t here to torture us, but for us to enjoy and be fulfilled by and live through, not just survive.

As I was thinking about this topic I was reminded of the book of Ecclesiastes.  The book is a contemplation on life really, a debate of what’s good, what’s meaningless, what life is all about, the seasons of things and really is a pretty good representation of the things we go through mentally and emotionally in our lives.  There are times when we’re just thrown for a loop and have to work through some really bad stuff.  Every life works through high and low points and it’s up to us to choose how we’re going to get through the times of struggle in the attitude we have, the people we surround ourselves with and the resources we have to tap into.

But I don’t think it’s healthy to go through life just anticipating the problems that may come our way.  Yes, we should always have an eye out for them and do our best to be prepared for whatever will come our way throughout our lifetime, because it’s much easier and often quicker to get through problems if you’re prepared for things to happen.  But life is full of opportunities for joy, moments for celebration, people to laugh with and experiences to be thrilled by.  I believe that we’ll get along better as a world if we’re looking for the best in others and our experiences rather than the worst.   The good stuff also makes it easier to get through the tough stuff and gives you things to look forward to as well as reasons to keep going.

So this month I challenge you to find something awesome in each and every day.  Find a reason to celebrate every day.  Find something good in the people you interact with each day. And make sure to treat yourself to something special each day.  Maybe it’s a cookie or a walk or a bubble bath or 10 minutes of video games with your kids before bed or a beer on the back porch with your significant other, but be intentional about finding something in each and every day to enjoy about life.

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