Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


June 11, 2010

"Enjoy Life, Enjoy God," is my biblical and theological commitment to life: that life lived faithfully and to the fullest is accomplished doing both. Our God declared life and the world "good," however...

"Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Those who love their life will lose it, while those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life."
- John 12:24,25 TNIV

Enjoy life, enjoy God indeed! However, to blossom, to savor the blessings of God flows from God, not from life and this world. Living life, we tend to turn it around, backwards. We fall so in love with the world and its delights, that they become snares, and drown us. Jesus teaches us that life comes not by means of life, but by means of God, and the dying of the self. The harsh words for this? "Hate life."

As one who loves this life way too much, it's a daily and sobering reminder that I don't need to focus on "this life," but focus my heart and mind on my God. If you are a life-lover, you face the same challenge as well.

Dale Patterson