Sunday, June 6, 2010

Longing for more

Ecclesiastes 6:9

Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don't have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless-like chasing the wind.

Do you find yourself working towards achieving one goal and then when you achieve it you desire something else? Do you find your spirit restless for more? Do you find that you always want more rather than enjoying what you already have attained?

Contentment is it a part of your make-up? Do you ever have that "ahhhh" moment that everything is okay?

It is so much better, if we allow ourselves the opportunity to enjoy our present moment than to dream of tomorrow. We miss our moments because we have our eyes looking to the future. We seem to have a built in craving for more…Oh our more may be different than each other's, but there is a more. What is your more? What is your craving that never seems to be quenched?

It is better, if we allow ourselves to be content and happy in the moment. We enjoy life when we are in the moment rather than desiring something that is not our own. Contentment is defined as the state of being satisfied or at ease. Don't both of these sound fabulous?

The picture reminds me of how we sometimes find ourselves peering in the refrigerator longing for something other than what our own refrigerator contains and this speaks to this scripture. We are unable to be content because we let ourselves long for something that may never happen.

I found an illustration that should make all of us think about living each day fully and in that day, not tomorrow.

Philip Parham tells the story of a rich industrialist who was disturbed to find a fisherman sitting lazily beside his boat. "Why aren't you out there fishing?" he asked.

"Because I've caught enough fish for today," said the fisherman.
"Why don't you catch more fish than you need?' the rich man asked.
"What would I do with them?"

"You could earn more money," came the impatient reply, "and buy a better boat so you could go deeper and catch more fish. You could purchase nylon nets, catch even more fish, and make more money. Soon you'd have a fleet of boats and be rich like me."

The fisherman asked, "Then what would I do?"
"You could sit down and enjoy life," said the industrialist.
"What do you think I'm doing now?" the fisherman replied as he looked placidly out to sea.

Our Daily Bread, May 18, 1994.

Decide to be content in the moment and enjoy!

Enjoying the moment,


1 comment:

Frankie said...

Debbie, there were so many truths in todays reading. Many just seemed sad. I really liked Ecclesiastes 3:11. "Yet God has made everything beautiful for 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." I believe that our souls yearn for heaven because He has planted eternity in our hearts. Pretty cool stuff!

These days I feel as though I can relate to this one, Ecclesiastes 6:11. "The more words you speak, the less they mean. So what good are they?"