“So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun.”1
I am known to be strict when it comes to cleanliness in my home. I like things to be put away where they go, and I do not like to see dusty furniture. While there is nothing wrong with having a clean home, I often find that I miss opportunities to have fun and enjoy moments with my family because I am focused on cleaning. I remind myself of Martha in Luke 10 where she complains to Jesus about her sister Mary not helping her with the needed preparations. Jesus then goes on to tell her how Mary had chosen what is better, which was sitting at the Lord’s feet listening to Him. Mary knew how to prioritize what was important and enjoy the moment.
The following poem seemed to resonate well with this topic:
“Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better to paint a picture,
or write a letter, bake a cake, or plant a seed;
Ponder the difference between want and need?
Dust if you must, but there’s not much time,
With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb;
Music to hear, and books to read;
Friends to cherish, and life to lead.
Dust if you must, but the world’s out there
With the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair;
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
This day will not come around again.
Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go (and go you must)
You, yourself, will make more dust.”2
Work is important and a blessing from God. The Bible encourages us to work. However, it also reminds us to create a balance and have fun as well (in healthy and safe ways that bring glory to God). As you go about your day, look for those small, but meaningful, to enjoy life a little more. Whether it be playing a game with your children or enjoying an unexpected date night with your spouse, remember to celebrate the moments God gives you.
Suggested prayer: “Dear God, thank you for reminding us to value life and the people you have put in our lives to share it with. You have created so many beautiful things for us to enjoy. Allow me never to get so caught up in the mundane things of life, that I miss moments to share with you and with those around me. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
Ecclesiastes 8:15 (NLT).
“Dust if You Must”, written by Rose Milligan
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