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