14 comments on “The Pursuit of Pleasure

  1. Great word Brother. It reminds me of the vast difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is based on circumstances and “feelings” and joy is a spiritual fruit, a Gift from the Holy Spirit meant to be scattered around and spread, not dependent upon our circumstances but based in Faith and the pleasing of our Heavenly Father (Hebrews 11:6). Solomon is just one of many who proved the truth in this!! Thanks Brother Don, I needed this (Thanksgiving dinner is coming soon!!! HA!!) Oh the clean-up, yes, vanity of vanities!!!

  2. When I was young I use to really praise my husband whenever he cooked and now he does most of the cooking. Praise works.

  3. God has the corner on pleasure anyway.

    “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11)

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  5. I like the way this blog (and the other couple of your blogs i just read) gives a taste of exploration (religious and philosophical) but leave an open end for the reader to make of it what they will ☺. A welcoming and refreshing style!
    Bless you, Don. [Cheers for popping into my blog too ☺]

  6. This passage always reminds me of the old Schlitz beer commercial tag line, “Grab all the gusto.” The only problem with this is the hangover! 🙂

  7. My daughters both married Mennonites. Mennonites definitely get into cooking, and the reason I think they enjoy it is that they make meals family time. Everyone gets involved in the cooking and cleanup.

    What Solomon points out here hints at the difference between giving to ourselves and giving to others. It is better to give than it is to receive, but we love to exchange gifts because the exchange of gifts signifies both that we care for someone else and someone else cares for us. Yet Solomon gave only to himself. He did not even give any thanks to God.

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