“There is nothing better for mortals than to eat and drink, and find enjoyment in their toil.”
— Ecclesiastes 2:24 (NRSV)
The life you always wanted, and more even, lies in wait at the unfolding of simplicity of not wanting anything but just simply to live. With little in the way of expectation, and a humble gratitude to live this life, alive and breathing, we marvel each moment and we are truly alive.
Is this, below, a concept for life we can believe in?
That our souls—if we understand them—have a simple need for us to live out a simple life: to consume what we need to consume to survive and to thrive, and to find enjoyment in the activities that make up our lives.
Is life any more complicated than that?
Of course, there are the relational components we must endeavour to incorporate. If life were boiled down to comprise activities and relationships, and we would have simple and achievable expectations on both those fronts, joy would be ours upon the realisation of our expectations!
The Life We Always Wanted, Expectations, and Purpose
Happiness in life is a very fluid idea. We can make ourselves either happy or unhappy purely at the disposal of our expectations. If we wish to be happy, and we want to be happy badly enough, we’ll quickly realise just how important it is to have simple expectations.
The life we always wanted and expectations both collide.
We can never achieve an acceptable happiness living the material life where there’s a void of spiritual conquest to meet God as God wants to meet us. God has designed life to be lived one way—with the Lord Jesus at centre—and when we put things before that, in preference, to the neglect of God, we miss out.
It is God’s desire that we have simple expectations. We can take that one step further and see that, within that, within simple expectations, is the kernel of need for a thriving understanding of our role or roles in life.
When we meet our purpose—our role or roles in life—and we meet that purpose with simple expectations we redeem from God a meaningful salvation (not that salvation is anything but meaningful). The test of a meaningful salvation is the abundant life of John 10:10, where Jesus pinpoints the outworking of true joy.
The life we always wanted we can know if we are honest with our souls. It’s about simple expectations, applying the enjoyment of life, and a clear knowledge of our God-anointed purpose. It has God, through Jesus Christ, at its centre.
© 2012 S. J. Wickham.