Ecclesiastes 2:24, ” There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil (in his labor). This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,”

When I was a little boy, one of my childhood friends had the coolest tree house I’d ever seen. His dad built it for him. When we would go over to his house, we always played Swiss Family Robinson and fought pirates. I could swing from a rope into another tree and slide down the trunk – that’s how incredible it was!

My friend’s dad was a builder and architect, thus the reason for the elaborate tree house. John would comment, “This weekend, my dad and me are going to spend the night together in the tree house!”

On Monday morning I would ask John, “How was it? Did you spend the night in the tree house with your dad?”

And he would always reply, “No. He said he was too busy.”

Busyness and working are two entirely different things. God calls us to work – to labor – to provide for our families and impact His Kingdom. He calls us to work to keep the material things He has given us in order; but many of us confuse working with busyness. Busyness destroys families; busyness destroys relationships; busyness destroys lives.

God wants us to enjoy life and to enjoy one another. He wants us to make time for Him every day in prayer, reading the Word, and in church. He wants us to make time for our children, our friends, our spouse, our parents and siblings. He has asked us to enjoy the world around us – go hiking, watch the sun set and rise, listen to the birds, climb mountains, ride bikes, paint, laugh, and spend the night in tree houses with our children.

What is keeping you busy these days? Has your work become an obsession? May a hobby has overtaken your schedule?

You know, John and his dad never did spend the night in the tree house. Somewhere in about the fifth or sixth grade, John’s dad had a heart attack and died. His mom moved her kids back to her home town in Oklahoma, and I never saw him again.

Busyness. Take the time today to evaluate what is occupying your life and keeping you from enjoying what God has given you.

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