ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE BY WARI EKI
“Enjoying Everyday Life” is the title of a television series by Joyce Meyer where she teaches people how to make their everyday lives better by applying biblical principles. The phrase is one that has always struck me, and I feel sad that a lot of people, Christians especially, are not enjoying their everyday lives and do not even understand exactly what it means.
A lot of Christians have the belief that we are just to endure and bear this world, merely marking time till we can get to heaven and then we will begin to enjoy. They go through life with their Bible in their hands, a frown on their face and sadness in their hearts. They see the concept of “enjoyment” as a sin, and shun everything that might give them pleasure. They say things like, “this world is not my home, I am merely passing through” while ignoring all the things that God has freely placed around them for their pleasure.
God made us with the ability to feel delighted, so If the ability to experience a particular pleasure is God-given, and the way and time it is enjoyed is God-approved, then there is no harm in doing so. The problem comes when we are focused on enjoying our lives and make that more important than loving and serving God, or when the things that bring us pleasure are contrary to His Word and do not bring glory to His name.
John 10:9 says, “I am the door; anyone who enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out freely, and will find pasture”
This verse assures all those those who are genuinely saved that they will find pasture, and then verse 10 goes on to say, “…I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)” (AMPC).
I believe that Christians are supposed to be among the happiest people on earth, because inside of us is the very source of love and joy and peace, and The Bible is full of promises about how our lives are meant to be; verses upon verses about how God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ask or think, how He has wonderful plans for our futures, how all things will always work together for our good as long as we love Him.
We need only look at the verses to realize that God very much intends for us to enjoy and appreciate our everyday lives even here on Earth.
We need to come to the understanding that it is God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment (1 Tim 6:17), so as children of God let us let go of the stigma that we have placed on the word “enjoyment”, and embrace the abundant, fulfilling, joyous life that is ours by virtue of our standing with Christ.