Next Monday, I will complete a year in which I have firmly established myself in the ways of the Lord. Since then, I wanted to know him as intensely as possible. So I dedicated myself so much to having experiences with Him.
In a year, I think I’ve grown a lot more than I imagined. I made a daily routine of devotion to Christ. This has brought me innumerable truly amazing moments that have proved to me more and more the fidelity and greatness of the God I serve. In this intensity, I endeavored to serve at all times, and in all circumstances.
Trying to offer too much, at times I began to feel spiritually exhausted. Until I heard God telling my heart that I should have moments of deceleration. Moments when I saw the Holy Spirit using two totally different people at different times to say that God was trying to fill me. But through my actions I was closing my heart and not fully feeling the love of God.
From a few months to now, with God ministering daily to my heart the word “slow down”, I began to realize better that He gives us the earth to enjoy as we watch over it and we also establish the Kingdom.
Psa 115:16 The heavens are the heavens of the Lord, but the earth gave to the children of Adam.
If even the Lord, who is sovereign over all things, thought it was important to rest after all his work in creating the universe, why should I, a mere mortal, not do it?
Gen. 2.2 On the seventh day, God had finished the work He had determined; that day he rested from all the work he had done.
I decided then (and I leave this as an incentive to all the brothers who have lived in the same intensity of servitude) enjoy what God gives us in our earthly life.
The average man seeks happiness and its meaning throughout life. In reading the Bible, however, we have this definition as very simple. To which sometimes, with so many things, we stop trying.
Ecc 8:15 Therefore I advise you to enjoy the best that life can provide, for under the sun there is nothing happier for the human being than simply eating, drinking, and rejoicing. This is the happiness that will help us to overcome the difficult days of work during all the life time that God gives us under the sun!
Solomon, in his full wisdom, said that simply eating, drinking, and rejoicing brings us happiness. And it is the happiness that enables us to endure the hard work we have in our day-to-day work as stewards of this land. Also in the priestly office, and in the mission to establish the Kingdom of God.
Have a good laugh, enjoy the food and the drink. Have a good coffee, feel the cool winter breeze on a Sunday afternoon and warm up in the sun. Make the most of the good companies that are offered to you. These things are gifts from the Lord, and as the Bible itself says, they are reflections of true happiness, which holds us steady in our walk of love.
Rejoice in the simple things of life and enjoy the gifts that God, as a loving father, gives us.
Pp 4: 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say to you, Rejoice!
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