Taking Time to Enjoy Life

“You will make known to me the path of life, in thy presence is fullness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures forever” (Ps. 16:11).

God is saying to have a life filled with joy is not a distasteful thing. It is something that is pleasurable in a right, godly and spiritual way. It is one of the ingredients to balance out our lives.

The Sweet Spot

We all know what the sweet spot is. If you play tennis, golf, racquetball or baseball, it is the place where there is the greatest amount of impact when the ball hits that sweet spot.

To hit on the sweet spot is amazing. Professionals have learned to find the sweet spot and there is a rhythm in their swing, step, motion, timing or movements.

That is what it would be like to live out of the sweet spot of our life. That sweet spot means a balance of the most important ingredients and components of our life.

Where do you find that sweet spot? What are those priority areas that need to be balanced so we can live out of the sweet spot of our life?

Taking the Time to Enjoy Life

These four things are so critical: our relationship with God, our relationships with people, eternal investments and taking time to enjoy life. If these four things are in balance, you’ll begin to live out of a sweet spot of your life.

If we take the time to enjoy life and put balance into our life, how then do you increase the rhythm of life?

Take Time to Enjoy the Simple Things

“Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting; to eat, to drink and to enjoy oneself in all one’s labor, in which he toils under the sun, during the few years of his life which God has given him, for this is his reward” (Ecc. 5:18).

God is saying, “Would you just take time to enjoy life a little bit?”

Do you know why it’s so important for us to take time to enjoy the simple things? God has some of the most prolific and most eloquent teachers in nature. If we don’t take the time to enjoy nature, we will miss these teachers.

Guard Your Joy

The joy that God places within you is so incredibly important — don’t you let the devil steal your joy.

The devil knows he can’t steal your salvation, so he’s going after the joy of your salvation. If he can steal the joy of your salvation, you won’t influence anybody. And if you do, it will be a negative influence.

“Restore to me, the joy of Thy salvation, and sustain me with a willing spirit” (Ps. 51:12).

If the devil can steal the joy of your salvation, then you will give up on everything else and yourself.

Joy is what is going on inside of you; it is independent of outside circumstances. It’s a willing spirit — a spirit that is glad to comply with what God has asked of you. If you lose a willing spirit, you will want out.

God is saying joy takes place when you have a willing spirit. Be really careful to guard that. Happiness is different from joy. Happiness comes from happenings or happenstances. If the happenstance is good, you are happy. If there are bad happenings, you are unhappy.

Joy is not determined by happenstances. Joy is what goes on in the inside.

How do you develop a willing spirit?

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart … Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God” (Col. 3:15-16).

Make sure you’re playing the right music on the inside that will give you a willing spirit. It’s a willing spirit that lets God’s Word begin to write the songs on the inside. When your relationship with God, your relationship with others and eternal investments are right, and you are taking time to enjoy life, you’ll begin to live in the sweet spot of your life.

When that happens, you’ll find that, indeed, God has designed you to live in the rhythm of life.

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