Sunday, 10 March 2013

Snapshots From The Bible WK 10~Ecclesiastes 10:19 Enjoying Life

Ecclesiastes 10:19

‘A Feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything.’

Today is Mothering Sunday in the UK, a day of celebration and it is good to see an example where celebration is given approval. In fact, alcohol and money are often disapproved of or even banned within many religions but here we are given a reason for their existence. A feast is made for laughter and we all know that laughter serves many purposes. Laughter improves our mood, creates a common bond and can keep us feeling young. Laughter is an antidote to stress and worry, creating the feel good factor and helping us to enjoy life. We do not need to party excessively neither should we party to excess, but we need to make time to gather together and socialize, chill out and enjoy one another’s company.

Wine makes life merry- a very jovial and accurate remark, with wine often creating the final touch to a special meal. Again, provided people show restraint, drinking wine is perfectly acceptable as a person’s behaviour will remain acceptable.

Money is the answer to everything. This might sound a little mercenary but it’s a reality. There have always been methods of trading and money is now worldwide currency. Whereas we can barter or agree skills exchanges, ultimately we are unable to lead a reasonable standard of life without sufficient money. Ideally, the more people have the more they will choose to share. It is not so much possessing money that opens us to judgement, it is what we choose to do with it- what do we spend it on, where do we invest? Our attitude to money is key and provided we acquire it in an honest fashion and do not crave it to excess, it is a great benefit to us.

Sometimes we are so busy worrying about life we forget to live it! I believe we are on this earth to enjoy ourselves. Yes there are difficult times for each and every one of us but we need to keep positive and enjoy life. We have a choice, to be happy or to be miserable and our attitude will affect others around us. Eat, drink and be merry, enjoyment is an important part of everyday living.

Jaz McKenzie

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