Seize life! Eat bread the with gusto,
Drink wine with a robust heart.
Oh yes – God takes pleasure in your pleasure!
Dress festively every morning.
Don’t skimp on colors and scarves.
Relish life with the spouse you love
Each and every day of your precarious life.
Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange for the hard work of staying alive.
Make the most of each one!
Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily!
This is your last and only chance at it,
For there’s neither work to do nor thoughts to think
In the company of the dead, where you’re most certainly headed.
One of my favorite verses in passage, besides "dress festively every morning" and "don’t skimp on colors and scarves" is when the writer says, "Oh yes! God takes pleasure in your pleasure!"
Honestly, I didn’t know this before I read it. (Goodness, I love the Message. It makes everything so clear.) I knew God wants me to be happy, but I didn’t know that he actually enjoys to be happy with me. I think that’s amazing!
Today I learned not only that you WANT me to be happy, but that you're happy when I'm happy! I've never thought of you in this way before. I've always thought you were a powerful, strong God who loved me but...I'm learning you're so different from how culture views you. I want to spend time with you. I want to be happy, and I want you to be happy with me. I want us to have good times together. It'll be awkward at first, probably, like meeting a new friend, but I know that, if we keep spending time together, we'll be BEST friends.
Thanks, God, for all that you do.
What is holding you back from enjoying life fully?
What things are you not enjoying simply because you don’t think of them?
What pleasures do you think that you and God enjoy together?
Think of things you, your friends, and God can enjoy toegther.