Life's Seasons Speaks

What if Pleasure is the Purpose?

February 27, 2022 with Jenny & Tina Episode 44
Life's Seasons Speaks
What if Pleasure is the Purpose?
Show Notes Transcript

What if Pleasure is the Purpose?

I think we often tend to believe that carrying out a "purpose" must hold an element of executing an important job within it - responsibility and management and duty and cause and labor and effort and exertion.   But in today's short and simple thought, Tina shares a conversation with God, where he challenged this way of thinking.

What if pleasure is the purpose?  Is that a thing?  Is that ok?  What does God think of that?

Have we been missing out on some of the pleasures within his grand design?

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Just popping on today to share a really simple thought for Soul Soothing Sunday.  Maybe too simple.  I don’t know – you decide. 

But in this thought, I have to say, sometimes I really appreciate God sharing something with me that does feel simple.  Because it leaves me with a world of possibility to find from there.  One that can relate to exactly where I am in life, and with what is going on at the time. 

And that is my prayer for you today.  That I could share something that is easy to grasp, but that would take you then to a personal place with God, to explore exactly what it is that he has to share with you from there. 

So here is my simple thought for today… I love the picture of fresh laid snow across my yard.  You know when it is a perfectly smooth covering that glistens in the sun.  No grass poking through and no sticks protruding the white blanket hugging the earth. 

I love it.  It’s beautiful to me.  But then someone goes out and leaves trails of tire tracks or footprints that look like they chased a squirrel around the yard.  It just looks messy then.  It wrecks the landscape that had been just perfect. 

Well, as I looked out the window the other day and thought all of this through, I asked God, “Do you ever get annoyed when we mess up your artwork?  Do you get frustrated with us when you coat the earth in beauty and then we make it look like we played tag with Wylie Coyote and the Road Runner? 

I feel like God replied with a chuckle at my question. 

“How could I?”, he asked.  “What is the point of making snow if no one is going to play in it?  Why have the leaves fall if no one is going to rake them into a big pile, just to jump in them?  Why create rain if no one splashes in the puddles?  And why have wind if no one is going to fly a kite? 

Well, I sat for a moment and pondered his questions.  They seemed kind of silly to me at first.  Because honestly, there were other answers to the questions he had asked. 

Important answers too. 

What’s the point of making snow if no one is going to play in it?  Well, precipitation God.  I learned about it in elementary school.  It sounded very important. 

And leaves falling?  Well, it’s all a part of the life cycle of a tree, and its nutrients for the earth when they fall and then rot.  I’m sure there is more to it than that but even just those points show it’s about more than just raking them up and jumping in them. 

Rain, wind?  SO many explanations as to their use besides puddles and kites, Lord.  But I mean, you know that.  Soooooo, what’s up with these questions for me? 

And his answer to that was more questions. 

What’s the point of eating anything that doesn’t just give you pure nutritional value? 

What’s the point of buying anything you don’t need for survival? 

What’s the point of sex if you aren’t trying to reproduce? 

Huh, ok.   

Well, that took a turn.  First of all, God said the word sex.  Crazy.  Is that even allowed? 

But seriously, I guess I hadn’t really thought of the several purposes within God’s plans and designs.   

I know, this is my “simple” thought shining through.  God creates, for purpose.  But to me, purpose seems to hold an element of an important job within it.  Responsibility and management and duty and cause and labor and effort and exertion. Rain waters the earth so that crops can grow, and we can harvest them and eat and live. 

That was a simple thought, alright. 

But isn’t it also simple and I mean refreshingly to simple to think, and believe that God has built in so much pleasure, into his grand design as well? 

There is a season for everything… 

Ecclesiastes. 3:1-8 

There is a time for everything, 
    and a season for every activity under the heavens: 

2     a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
4     a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5     a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6     a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7     a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8     a time to love and a time to hate, 
    a time for war and a time for peace 

 Again, it may be a simple thought, but it seems to me that it’s not all about a job or an outcome or effort or duty.   

 It seems to me that sometimes, the purpose is… just pleasure – and that’s ok.  That’s part of the grand design. 

 Wherever this thought may take you today, within your own person life… I pray that you and God continue with your own simple truths and that you see the glory of his grand design for you, and how it includes enjoying beyond just purpose.  That it was his purpose that you would also have seasons of simple pleasures. 

 So, jump in the leaves, splash in the puddles, fly a kite, and go ahead and play tag in the snow.  He loves it.  And he loves you. 

 Until next time friends, this is Tina saying good-bye for now and we’ll speak again soon.