This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.
Enjoyment of life is something one of my favorite biblical books, Ecclesiastes, returns to again and again. It is an important part of God’s creation, of being human.
And yet we have been influenced by something less than that which would relegate fun and enjoyment to a secondary status at best, and even questionable or wrong at worst. It’s as if to be godly you can’t enjoy life; yes, you can enjoy God and spiritual things, but nothing else. But this directly contradicts what God’s word clearly says.
God…richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
We can indeed become “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:4). We can love the gifts of God and not the giver. But to enjoy those gifts is an honor to the giver. To enjoy life and have fun is truly a part of what godliness is all about. A part of the good life God has for us even now when we hold on to such pleasures lightly as we seek to follow Jesus (1 Corinthians 7:29-31). In and through him.