Like a Child: (Just) Enjoy Life

We just spent several days at our neighbor’s beach house on Kenya’s beautiful Indian Ocean. What a privilege!at coast

 A sign on the porch, written like a to-do list, reads:

Enjoy life

Enjoy the beach

Have fun

Relax

Quite a list! It sounds like a typical plan for a child, doesn’t it? The work of the day for a 2-year-old is pretty much to enjoy life, have fun, and of course learn effortlessly in the process. But for us as adults — is that approach irresponsible? Only valid during an annual one-week vacation?

Actually, the wise King Solomon says, something very similar. “Go, eat your food with gladness and drink your wine with a joyful heart. . . . Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love.” (Ecc 9:7-9)

Coming from a task-oriented, ‘purpose-driven,’ administrative work-a-holic (yes, that is a confession), this is actually a difficult concept to embrace. Ibrahim often reminds me, “You are a human being, not a human doing!” It is so easy (for me) to feel that the value of one’s day is found in the tangible accomplishments. And by extension, that the value of one’s existence is found in the same.

But for sure, being like a child involves being carefree and fun-loving. God has given all good things for us to enjoy!

~ Diane

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About Omondis In Kenya

Ibrahim and Diane Omondi serve on the DOVE Christian Fellowship International Apostolic Council, giving oversight to the region of Africa. They have been ministering together in Kenya since 1984 and now oversee the work of more than 100 congregations in four nations. They also give leadership to the missions thrust of DOVE Africa which includes 14 Kenyan and Ugandan missionaries serving among unreached people groups in these nations. The Omondis direct Springs of Africa, a non-profit organization sponsoring micro-finance, community development and various education initiatives.
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One Response to Like a Child: (Just) Enjoy Life

  1. Yay, rest, rest, rest for you!!!!!!!!!!!!

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