I finished reading through Ecclesiastes in my devos this week. I know it’s one of the most depressing books of the Bible, but I actually really liked it. It shifted my perspective on life. It changed why I put so much effort into the things I do, and it helped me prioritize what really matters most.
I never wanted to waste my life. I wanted to use the free time I have now for something useful, because I knew I wouldn’t have much time in college. This was definitely NOT the fun option. It seemed like a good idea, and it seemed like a good discipline to be spending my time this way, but I never liked doing it. While I was reading Ecclesiastes I found a verse that reminds us that all things were created by God, and we need to enjoy these gifts as well. GOD CREATED THE FUN STUFF. Work, and learning, are good. They benefit us. But so does watching a movie on a Friday night; or hanging out with your friends; or maybe even just doing random stuff with your family. The fun things are important. They give us a break from all the hard things and remind us that there’s good in the world.
What I’ve been trying to work on is balance. The balance between the fun stuff, and the not so fun. Both are important, and God didn’t intend for us to live life without either one.