< What I Learned Teaching Sunday School: ENJOYING LIFE

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


Those who really know how to enjoy life are the ones who take each day as a gift from God, thanking Him for it and serving Him in it. I once read that if we start our prayers with thanksgiving to God everything else would fall into place.

If we start remembering and realizing everything God has done for us and given to us, we would have a grateful heart. And a grateful heart spills out in love. Love for God, love for other people, love for yourself and love for God’s world.

Thanking God also puts our focus on Him and reminds us we can trust Him to take care of us and provide for our needs. We should thank God ahead of time for His divine promises, knowing that what God says is as good as done.

According to Ecclesiastes 3:1-9 we have peace with God when we discover, accept and appreciate His perfect timing. We do this by spending time with Him and in His word.

Solomon, who “had it all” and wrote Ecclesiastes wanted his readers to know that if we try to find meaning in our own accomplishments rather than God we will never be satisfied and all we pursue will become wearisome. We should honor God in all we say, think and do. We should live with the attitude that life is short, but we will live with God forever.

God wants us to serve. To serve both Him and our fellow men. Matthew 20:26 tells us that, “Whoever would be great among you must be your servant.” And to truly serve means to give with no hope of receiving. We must never be too busy for people. Jesus always had time and never found people a nuisance.

Sin takes away our enjoyment of life. Romans 6:15-23 tells us that sin robs life of it’s meaning, it’s peace and it’s joy. Sin separates us from God and God didn’t create us to be separate from Him!

Our ability to find satisfaction in things and people depends largely on our attitude. If our attitude is gratitude we will find much in life to enjoy.

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thess. 5:16-18

“This is the day the Lord has made – let us rejoice and be glad in it!” Psalm 118

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