Recently, in a conversation about art, a professor referenced Ecclesiastes, saying, “Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.” Granted, this is not to be taken out of context, assuming that everything one does is appropriate and approved by God. Instead, it is a call to enjoy life; enjoy what God has placed in our lives. And to be thankful for these, recognizing from whence these delights come. Art, music, dancing, literature, nature, conversation, coffee, delectable food, palatable drink; feel the emotions roused by these experiences, revel in the shared experiences these forums allow. Life live.
And just as each one of us is unique in our design, calling, and gifting, so we are in our recreation. My husband’s a runner; I swim. I cannot stand running; I think it’s reserved for the “flight” segment of survival. Yet, I could live in the water, if permitted. My best friend loves pink; I would drape everything in black if allowed [verify this with my Mom, as a teen-ager, I begged to paint my walls black. As a homeowner, I can now fully understand her resounding, “NO!”].Recall whatever it is that moves you. What draws out your “you”? What brings a smile to your lips, when you’re so tired you can’t move? What gets you excited, when you can hardly remember your own name? So long as it’s not counter to God’s design (and you know what I mean), that’s an intragal part of your awesome. It may not sit well with others. It may be labeled as “nerdy” or “lame” or “predictable” by others. But you know what? You’re not here to worry about their opinions. You’re here to re-ignite your awesome.
Make a list, remember what you love. Not what your significant other loves. Not what your friends love. Not even what you’ve been conditioned to love. What do you love? Once you’ve got your list, find ways to engage in the activities you have listed. Do more of the things you love, not giving your life over to them; but do them with the intent to enjoy your time here, and to delight in the gifts given to you by your Heavenly Father.
And just for a peak at my list, here’s a place I’d love to go (from a blog I love to visit: www.epbot.com):
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 This conversation was regarding Pascal’s take on diversion, and the application in modern culture. And while diversion is still a driving motivator for most of our pastimes, this professor, along with others stunning minds, such as J. R. R. Tolkien, feels that not to escape our world, at times, in search of beauty, would be madness. The passage referenced is Ecclesiastes 9:7, though it should not be read without the context of the entire book, particularly the final chapter: “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.” [v. 13]