John 10:10 "I came that they might have life and have it more abundantly. This scripture has been on my heart for a good ten years! What does your life look like? Are you happy? Full of joy?
Frequently on my FB timeline I see people having life-offs and especially the women. The mums are like, "What was my life before my beautiful baby!" And the non-mums are like, "Loving my 10th holiday this year, so glad not to have a screaming child in tow!". So, mum, non-mum, are you happy?
Recently I've been thinking about what I want in life and what exactly equates the abundant lifestyle Jesus said He came to give to us.
I've pondered on the stereotypical "perfect" life with husband, children and a good job and a nice house but then I think, is that it? Is that my life?? And the feeling that that scenario has lost its appeal is scary. That a life full of what I used to desire, no longer looks as thought it would be enough. I've been doing a lot of travelling in the last few years since my divorce and I'm starting to want more. I want to see the world and I want to share that journey with someone. I don't want to settle and I don't want to stay put. But even if this (current) dream were to become a reality, would I then be satisfied?
Recently I've been reading from the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible which is written by the wisest and richest man of that time, King Solomon. He basically talks about what he has discovered about life after seeking all kinds of pleasure and riches to find out what really satisfies the soul. I recommend you read chapter 3 (don't worry it's not that long) to see a kind of summary of his findings. In verses 9-13 we read:
"What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful in its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God's work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of the labour, for these are gifts from God."
Honestly when I read this it was like a big weight off my mind. Maybe my restlessness and feeling of not being satisfied is because we were created to be in companionship with God and so my soul knows that this.is.not.it. Maybe my soul knows that no matter how rich or successful I get, no matter how sexy my husband or how many amazing children I have, I will never truly be satisfied because all this is temporary. It's not the end. God has "planted eternity in the human heart" and so we long for that and so maybe, while we are here on earth, we probably always will?
In the meantime we are instructed to enjoy what we have and what we have been given. Just enjoy it! This morning in church the pastor talked about how Jesus, whilst on earth, went to parties and weddings and celebrated with people which was much unlike the pious behaviour of the religious people of that time. Was He a glutton or drunkard or party animal as He was labelled? Or was He just showing us how to live that abundant life He came to give to us? Jesus knew His end wasn't pretty but He also knew that was not the end.
We are all going to die one day, that's a given. But while I'm here I'm just going to enjoy it, because this is not the end. And I hope you enjoy it too.