June 27, 2022

Enjoying Life

Devotion for the Week...

Before I go into today's devotion, I want to let you know that this will be my last new devotion until September as it has become my tradition to take the summer off from devotion writing. I'll still be sharing quilt posts over the summer, but it's nice to take some time and just let my Bible reading thoughts steep for a while rather than needing a new devotion every week 😊 I may sometimes re-post an old devotion, but I haven't decided for sure if I'll be doing that. 

I am currently reading a chapter of Ecclesiastes each morning. Solomon writes a lot about everything being meaningless, "like chasing the wind" he says in chapter 1, verse 14. But then suddenly at the end of chapter 5, he takes a different view. "Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life. 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—this is indeed a gift from God. God keeps such people so busy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past" (Ecclesiastes 5:18-20).

I love that last sentence! "God keeps such people so busy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past." That's the kind of person I want to be! I want to be so busy enjoying the life I have that I don't have time to brood, or focus negatively, on anything.

So what is it that Solomon says gives people this kind of life? It's not that they have everything money can buy or that they never have to work a day in their lives. It's not even that they don't have any troubles. After all, we all know there isn't a person alive who has no troubles their entire life. Instead, Solomon says that it is people who enjoy their work and accept their lot in life who are too busy enjoying life for anything else to get in the way.

I have to confess that I don't always enjoy my work. Looking after toddlers can be hard. It can be monotonous, for sure, and it can be irritating. Not to mention it's work and I'd rather be doing something fun like quilting or reading. On the days I do enjoy my time with the kids, though, the day goes by faster and there's just a lot more joy. Usually, whether or not I enjoy the day has less to do with the kids and more to do with my attitude. If I'm focused on what I'd rather be doing, there's not much joy in my day at all. Being aware of our own attitude could do wonders for our enjoyment of our work, as a general principle.

As for accepting our lot in life, that is also mostly a question of attitude. I've known people who had hard lives, but still seem to radiate joy. It's not that they pretended things were perfect when they weren't, but rather that they chose to focus on the good. Then, because they were looking for the good, they always seemed to find something good to focus on, which kept them from dwelling on the negative. On the flip side, I've also known people who seemed like they had great lives who were miserable (and made the people around them miserable, too) because they focused on every little negative thing.
God blesses us all the time, in ways big and small | DevotedQuilter.com
People who have their attitudes focused on finding the good in their lives and finding enjoyment in their work, just don't have time to be negative. God blesses us all the time, in ways big and small. The question is whether or not we focus on those blessings. If we do, then He will truly keep us so busy enjoying life that we don't have time to be negative.


  1. Love this! Thank you. Enjoy your summer!

  2. Happy Summer to you, Leanne. What a great devotional to leave us with. I was just visiting with my Mom about this exact subject. Finding joy and beginning my day with good intentions, places my heart and mind on looking for the positivity and highlights God's blessings. Being in the medical field, it is sometimes hard to find that message. Just as toddlers can have off days and need positive directing, so do patients and their families. I always end my day with gratitude and blessings journal to highlight what was and where to start the next day. Enjoy your Summer!

  3. Reading this devotion reminded me of the age old hymn "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace".

  4. I have to admit I haven't done devotions in a long time. I need to find a good book or a daily online version.


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