Daily Bible Inspirations

Simple Pleasures

by Heather Tietz

Also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy good in all his labor, is the gift of God.

Ecclesiastes 3:13

Ants are renowned for their diligent lives. Most spend the warm months of the year regularly gathering food. Then as the weather cools they group up their own bodies so they can hibernate through the colder months. No parties or holidays for them! Their lives are eating, drinking and working. All 12,000 species of them are destined for this lot.

It is NOT the same with people. Eating and drinking regularly and having the mind and body to work, is not something that all humans can do.

Harsh climate, poor soil, polluted water, and sickness rob 80% of our world from the simple pleasures of eating, drinking and working. If you have access to fruits and vegetables, grains and legumes, if you are able to drink clean water throughout the day, if you have chosen your vocation and have a healthy body to enjoy it, then you are gifted from God. You are living in pleasures that most will never share.

Perhaps sometimes we feel like ants, working so diligently for crumbs. Then, eating and drinking for the sake of being able to crumb hunt some more. But our leaky faucets, dirty kitchens, and tired hands are evidence of our blessed lives. Thank God for His gifts to you.