2013 is, for me, the year of Whole Hearted Living. It is the year where I am trying to intentionally cultivate attitudes of joy, thanksgiving/gratitude, hope, courage and compassion. I am trying to be mindful of those things every day, taking a few moments throughout the day to check in and see how my heart is doing.
I am a pretty driven, goal-oriented individual and prone to sacrificing enjoyment of life to work. For instance, I generally don’t stay out late to hang out with friends because I need to go to bed so I can be rested to get up at 6, go through my devotional routine and be to work. I love that side of my character – I like being consistent, dependable, productive and on top of things. I believe that God is pleased with those things as well, but He also wants to add in the things I mentioned above – joy, gratitude, hope, courage, compassion.
Work is a good and Godly thing, but so are full-living, loving relationships, rest and play. What I marvel at is how much pleasure God has created us for – and I’ve been missing out on it! God didn’t create humans to be work machines needing fuel, He created us to be joy bombs, ready to be triggered by a multitude of pleasures.
Think of this: food didn’t have to taste good, but it does! Eating is one of the most pleasurable things and we get to, have to, do it frequently. Similarly, it didn’t have to feel good to take a nap, but snuggling on the couch and dozing with a lover is brilliant. Our lives are running over with enjoyable gifts from our Heavenly Father: showers, coffee, rain, wool socks, snow, hot chocolate, Spring, etc.
So, this year, I am doing my best to embrace my vocation as a joy-bomb. I trying to be in tune with all the different types of pleasure God in throwing my way. Living in joy and gratitude has been good for my soul. I pray differently, more frequently. I’m beginning to see new facets of God’s heart that I had looked over before.
What about you? Do you think it is good for a Christian to enjoy such “base” pleasures? How and what do you enjoy if you do? What is God doing in your life this year? Looking forward to hearing from you, until then!