The Hammock Police

A few years back, my family bought me a hammock for Father’s Day. It sat in the box for a year! Go ahead and psychoanalyze that one. I am sure it speaks volumes.

A few days after I assembled it, I finally took some time to stretch out on my brand new one-year-old hammock.  Ahhhh! No sooner did I begin to relax—really relax—than the hammock police arrived. They came disguised as friends, but I knew who they were. “Oh, you are living the easy life!” they chided.

Looking back, it was amazing how quickly I felt the need to justify my R & R. If I had only remembered what God said, I might have had a little more resolve in my relaxation.

Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God. For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.(Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 ESV)

Initially, I planned to save this thought for Friday, but then I stopped. Enjoying life is not just for the weekends. If you want to kick back for a few minutes, bask in the sauna, visit the beach, or enjoy a date night—why wait until the weekend?

One of God’s great gifts is good health and the ability to enjoy it. We all know it can be gone too fast. So next time the hammock police stop you, just remind them that God’s blessings extend to enjoying your work, good food, and even a few minutes of shut-eye on a lazy afternoon.

My Prayer: Lord, every good and perfect gift comes from you. Thanks!