Living In The Moment
Daily Devotional Series - Day 3
In the fall, we went on a once in a lifetime two week Panama Canal cruise. For the first time ever, I finally felt like I went on a vacation. The only responsibility I had was to make sure I made it to dinner on time. I got to do things that were normally reserved for people in a higher tax bracket. The thought crossed my mind more than once, “I would love to do this forever.”
There are a number of people in the world where pleasure is the goal. You save up for retirement looking forward to the day where you can do nothing but travel, stay up late, whatever it is you want to do. There are people who get little money and out it goes on an adventure or the latest technology. All things that might bring pleasure. But that’s not life with God.
The author C.S. Lewis wrote, “I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” While I was enjoying the cruise, there was a little voice in my head that said, “Eventually you have to DO something.” Pleasure in itself is not bad, however living for pleasure robs us of our purpose.
God certainly wants us to enjoy our days with our family and friends but there is also work to do. Jesus didn’t look for pleasure, which is really loving yourself, instead, he looked to love others and found much greater satisfaction in that.
“What does pleasure accomplish?”