God's Wonders or Your Pleasures?
By Mike Stickler
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but, the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.
A trip to the beach, a great dinner, a comfortable bed, a hot shower; pleasing things of this world, right? One of the ways we see the wonders of God’s creation is by seeing that God has truly blessed us with so many pleasing things in this world. But, pleasure, by itself, can never satisfy for long.
This verse in Ecclesiastes 7:4 teaches that the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure. The reason this is so foolish is because to invest one’s life in pleasure will so obviously leave one wanting for more. It is only living a life that keeps our own pleasure in proportion to the whole of the Christian life will we find joy. A misunderstanding of how much pleasure really makes us happy is a big reason we don’t live generously. We don’t live generously because we fear that if we do we will be giving up what makes us truly happy. Once we realize that it is Christ in whom we find lasting joy, we realize that our soul’s eternal pleasure is tied to finding ways to please him. We realize that in fact, if we are not seeking to please God, we’re not really happy at all. You see we flee from a life of selfish pleasure because in the end it is poisonous to our soul. On the other hand, we flock to a life of generosity, because ultimately it is everlasting happiness.
Today’s Generosity Challenge:
How do you please God daily in order for you to know what makes you feel truly happy? What are the best ways you please God? How do you know? Write them down now. Though prayer, ask the Lord how can you focus on those activities in an ever-increasing way. Then, write out a plan in real tangible ways by journaling below.
About Michael Stickler
Mike is an author, radio host, and a highly sought after motivational speaker. His best-selling book, A Journey to Generosity, is widely acclaimed throughout the Christian community. He is the publisher of Generous Living Magazine and writes for the Christian Post, 'A Generous Life' column.