Lots of people complain about their lives.
All of us could identify immediate changes we could make to enjoy our lives more.
But most people, it seems to me, do not make take such steps. Instead, we muddle along, status quo. And we complain.
This mystifies me.
You, dear reader, are probably aware that I’m part of that big, crazy family known as “Christians.” Ranging from the Pope to snake handlers, we are most certainly a blended family.
My particular branch of the family tree is often labeled “Evangelical.” I’m not all that chuffed about what that brings to mind for many of you. But at this point let’s just say some of it is right, fair, and accurate. Some, not so much.
People with different worldviews complain about their lives without making immediate changes, of course. But we Christians—and Evangelicals in particular—seem pretty bad at enjoying life. Some of us are pretty good at it, but no one would say, “Those churchy people really enjoy life!”
That’s understandable, as the Bible’s pretty clear our lives are not just for our own enjoyment. Jesus said,
“Whoever finds their life will lose it and whoever loses their life will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)
This is not exactly a recipe for a life of luxury, nor does it sound like you’ll be the life of the party.
But often I think we elevate a spiritual/physical dichotomy to the point that we miss out on the good life that is right in front of us:
- We downplay our physical needs.
- Our art is often cliché and ham-handed.
- Enjoying good food makes us feel guilty.
- We have all kinds of hang-ups around sex.
- “Reading a good book” doesn’t happen as often as we’d like.
James the Apostle once wrote, “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:16-17)
Maybe it’s time we heed his advice.
We Christians ought to live more honestly, beautifully, creatively, and joyfully.
I want our big family to be known for our delicious food, our beautiful music, and our fun parties.
We Christians must stop trying to be angels—that’s not the point. Stop denying that you are a human. Rather, let’s live more as humans, as humans were meant to be, as humans who know and love and celebrate the Divine.
Then we’ll enjoy life a whole lot more.
Do you think of Christians as people who really enjoy life? How do you struggle to enjoy the good things in life? Leave a comment.