Read: Ecclesiastes 9
Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do. (v. 7)
I had a temper tantrum on July 20, 1969. I don’t know the dates of any of my other childhood temper tantrums, but I know this one because my snit almost caused me to miss watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. I don’t remember the details, but I was upset and my parents had to plead with me to come out and watch history being made. I’m glad they did.
There was a saying among the ancient Jewish rabbis that at the final judgment God will ask us to give account of all the good things in life we beheld and didn’t enjoy. While that idea isn’t exactly found in the Bible, its first cousin is—in verses like Ecclesiastes 9:7. In the midst of his fairly depressing ruminations about life (or, more accurately, about the inevitability of death), Qoheleth exhorts us to enjoy the life we’ve been given. We’ve seen him return to this theme frequently—life is a vanity; we’re all going to wind up riding in the back of a hearse—but that leads him to joy instead of despair.
This is your one life. Today is the only today you’re ever going to have. How are you embracing it? LIVE today in capital letters, telling those you love how you feel about them, reveling in God’s good gifts, eating your bread with joy, and drinking your wine (or morning coffee) with a merry heart. —Jeff Munroe
Prayer: Thanks, Lord, for the gift of life today!