I said to myself, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure. So enjoy yourself." And behold, it too was futility. ECCLESIASTES 2:1
Perhaps you've seen one of those slingshot rides, like the one my friend Scott and I witnessed in Orlando, Florida. It's essentially two giant pipe-like towers arranged in a V shape. In between them, attached by steel cables, is an open-air capsule that's lowered to the ground and secured by hundreds of springs compressed with 40 tons of force. Smoke billows from underneath it like a volcano about to erupt. Then—ZOOM—the capsule is released at nearly 100 miles an hour, rocketing 35 stories into the air in a little more than a second.
And to make it even more fun, the passengers' faces are shown on a giant video screen. I'll never forget the first couple we watched. The man was in horror, wanting nothing but a chance to walk away alive. The woman, on the other hand, was totally absorbing the thrill, squealing and smiling with sheer adrenaline. She was an "all systems go" kind of a person.
She reminded me of many people in the world who are hooked on pleasure and excitement. When life doesn't deliver, they get disappointed. They keep searching for the next thrill to add a surge of adrenaline through their veins.
Is this a struggle for you? Do you often find yourself longing for the weekend or some other exciting diversion, unable to draw purpose and meaning from the midday, mundane moments of life? I believe that God wants us to learn to live contentedly within the usual and ordinary (see 1 Timothy 6:6).
To truly enjoy the life God has given you, you need to know how to be happy on the days when you're not at Disney World.
How easily are you bored? What are your hobbies and passions? Talk about whether you are hooked on seeking the next experience or thrill.