Words from the Heart for Friday September 9th, 2016
A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?
Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 (NIV)
A glorious sunset appears. The smell of a delicious dinner fills the house. The finished project is to be enjoyed. These pleasures of life are intended to drive us to praise and thanksgiving to our Creator. Thank God for the good gifts of today.
An Angus Reid poll released this past February reveals that most Canadians are generally happy and satisfied with their lives. When asked whether they were “”very happy,”” “”pretty happy”” or “”not too happy,”” almost two-thirds of Canadians chose the middle-of-the-road answer. Sixteen per cent, meanwhile, said they were “”very happy”” and 18 per cent said they were “”not too happy.”” Another three per cent said they weren’t sure or couldn’t answer. “”I think on balance we’re pretty happy,”” Shachi Kurl, senior vice-president at Angus Reid, said of the survey results. The survey also suggested there are significant differences across regions in terms of people who say they are “”very happy.”” B.C. and Quebec reported the highest levels at 20 and 22 per cent, respectively. Atlantic Canada, meanwhile, had the lowest level at nine per cent.
What brings you satisfaction? Reading a good book? Completing a difficult task? Building something? There are lots of ways we can experience satisfaction. What about in a spiritual sense? When have you felt satisfied with your spiritual life? There is some interesting advice back in Ecclesiastes 2:24-25: “A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?” In this life, satisfaction can be found in things that serve the physical – in things we eat and drink and in a job well done. But those bring only brief satisfaction if we don’t recognize that behind these things is the God who provides them for us. It is when God is a part of every part of our lives that everything we do satisfies. There is a reason for this. Without God, everything we do is temporal. It has no eternal meaning and brings no eternal reward. But when God is at the heart of who we are and what we do, we are always aware of the spiritual reality that drives our lives. If we can live in the awareness that God cares enough about us to provide all we eat and drink and He is the one gives meaning to our work, the satisfaction that we experience will last eternally.
These have been words from the heart.