Sunday, August 14, 2005

Thank You, God...

This morning I woke up to this news-like show, explaining how people in Spain & Italy (and I believe other countries) will work till noon, and then take two to three hour breaks in between for lunch. Why? So their quality of life is better. They head over to a restaurant or cafe with their friends, sit, relax and enjoy a nice glass of wine along with a great meal. A lot of Americans will seek happiness in money, while others find happiness in spending time with loved ones, having a nice lunch or dinner with family and friends, and focusing on what life truly is. There are some people who work nonstop, to only end up having heart failure due to the stressors of their job. We only live once, and if we are not enjoying our lives right now due to trying desperately hard to get from point A to point B, then we may be missing out on ‘life’.

All the money in the world can’t replace the happiness that one can achieve through family & friends. If someone were to give me a billion dollars and say, “Leave this life of yours now, and take this billion and go anywhere you want.” I’d decline.

Some people work so hard, just to remain in the same position all their lives. Do you have a goal? What motivates you to work hard? What is the one thing you would like to have more than anything on this earth? (Not material-wise) Part of the reason why people are so miserable, is that they are not enjoying the ‘journey’ getting there. We focus on what we don’t have…we focus on ‘how to get this’, ‘how to get that’. Are we trying too hard?

I’m thankful for having such a close knit family and a wonderful partner to share my life with. To me, that’s worth much more than any dollar can buy me. God has truly blessed me. How has God blessed you? Sometimes we truly don’t realize what we have. Do we take too many things for granted?

Life is truly enjoying the things we have “now”.

Here are some great quotes from the bible regarding work and leisure.

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat well, drink a good glass of wine, and enjoy their work—***whatever they do under the sun***—for however long God lets them live. And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—that is indeed a gift from God. People who do this rarely look with sorrow on the past, for God has given them reasons for joy.

Thessalonians 4:11-12 This should be your ambition; to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we commanded you before. As a result, people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others to meet your financial needs.

Colossians 3:23 Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and the Master you are serving is Christ.