Life is a gift from God, even if it feels like a curse at times. It all can change at the turn of your perspective.
Have you ever asked yourself,
What is the point of all this?
Why should I gain wisdom and be a good person or achieve goals or attain wealth or try to bring justice to the world?
I won’t really make a dent in social justice.
What is the meaning of life?
You wouldn’t be the first person to ask these questions. King Solomon, one of the wisest men in the Bible had this dilemma and wrote Ecclesiastes about his search to understand the meaning of life.
He was searching for meaning, but he keeps finding everything to be meaningless.
King Solomon tries EVERYTHING.
He tries the care-free life, enjoying wine and being lazy. He tries a successful life of wealth. He gains greater wisdom and knowledge than any king, but he realizes that none of it matters.
The more wisdom and knowledge gained, the more grief and sorrow he realized. No matter how much people see, travel, hear or experience, it will never be enough. Why?
In our quests to fulfill our life’s purpose and goals, it’s easy to get wrapped up in all the anxiety, hustle and turmoil that accompanies it. Usually, we aren’t happy at the end of the day even after we’ve reached that big goal. It never seems to be enough.
Recently, I was preparing to speak at a 3 day conference. My motivation was to change lives and to point as many hearts as I could to Jesus. I felt this pressure and tension in my chest.
Do you ever feel pressure when you’re walking in your purpose?
Then one morning, my one year Bible app led me to read the entire book of Ecclesiastes.
It was like the words were leaping off the pages, full of life and relevance this time! After all of Solomon’s searching, he finally concludes that “there is nothing better than to enjoy and find happiness in our work because this is a gift from God.” Ecclesiastes 2:24.
Boom. Wow. Hello. So good. Yes.
Our purpose isn’t supposed to make us feel enslaved, stressed out or heavy. Our short time on earth is a gift from God and the best thing we can do is enjoy our work. After I read this, I closed my eyes and imagined enjoying the conference, enjoying speaking to the youth, enjoying preparing the talks with my husband. As I did this, the pressure and tension was immediately lifted and alleviated. I decided to have fun that weekend and I had a blast! God showed up and magic happened!
The best way we can stay light and bright and content is to keep our perspectives right. As God’s daughters, our purpose is to expand the Kingdom of God for His Glory. We are to trust the results to Him and then enjoy doing it.
When you enjoy, it doesn’t matter if people notice or not. It doesn’t matter where you are in the process. If you enjoy, the outcome can’t make or break you. When you learn to enjoy, you can be in joy in almost every situation.
Scripture says eternity has been placed in the human heart. That’s why we always feel this desire for more. Because we are made for more. Our spirit within us knows we are made for eternity in the Kingdom of God. This longing can deceive us into chasing meaningless things. Even Solomon discovered and stated in Ecclesiastes 4:4,
Most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors, but this too is meaningless- like chasing the wind.
But when we enjoy where God has us, we get to relish in the gift of Kingdom living.
Nothing is certain in life. We can’t work just to build our own wealth and success. If you aren’t creating with people you love and enjoy what you are creating, you will miss the gift God intended to give.
Have the perspective that you get to do what you are doing today.
If you know that you aren’t living your life in alignment with your purpose, then change it. Don’t keep complaining about it. You are not a victim. Take responsibility for your current situation and do something about. We can’t expect anyone to help us if we don’t help ourselves.
When it comes to walking in your purpose, keep these four thoughts in mind as your framework from which to operate:
- Cut out the things in your life that are strangling you.
- Enjoy the process of co-creating with God.
- Enjoy expanding the Kingdom of God.
- Love God and love people.
Cheers to a bright and free life of enjoying the gifts, calling and destiny we have been given!
Enjoying your life = The Sparkle Effect
Father, I realize I have been striving so much for perfection. I want to make you proud, I want to show a return on the gifts you have given me so I have been hustling through serving and checking goals off my list to make sure I am productive. I realize that you didn’t mean for me to operate in survival mode or to focus on how big I can grow my platform.
You meant to give me a life in full abundance so I could love you and love others from a place of rest and joy. Father, will you help me to have good balance in my life so I don’t fall into the trap of laziness and unfruitfulness or into the sprint of achieving goals motivated by my own insecurity or envy? Lord, thank you that you have given me the good health to enjoy eating, drinking and doing my work.
I pray that I will maintain the good boundaries that will help ensure I am living the fullest life and able to fully partake in Kingdom living. Thank you that life is so much simpler than I thought. I will enjoy pursuing my dreams and loving people so that others will look upwards because your light shines so bright. Amen.
“What do people get in life for all their hard work and anxiety?” It’s all meaningless. Ecclesiastes 2:22
So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized these pleasures are from the hand of God. Ecclesiastes 2:24
God’s purpose is that people should fear Him. Ecclesiastes 3:14
So I saw there is nothing better for people than to be happy in their work. That is our lot in life. No one can bring us back to see what happens after we die. Ecclesiastes 3:22
God has made everything beautiful for it’s own time. He has placed eternity in the human heart. We won’t necessarily always see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end so there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. Ecclesiastes 3:11-12
Crowds rally behind someone and then rally around the next young star, leaving the other rejected. Ecclesiastes 4:13
Those who love money will never have enough. What good is wealth except perhaps to to watch it slip through your fingers. Ecclesiastes 5:10-11
It is a good thing to receive wealth from the Lord and the health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and to accept your lot in life, this is indeed a gift from God. God keeps such people so busy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past. Ecclesiastes 5:19-20