“So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him?” (Ecclesiastes 2:24-25, NLT).

So many things in life are truly enjoyable. Solomon, who had more than enough of everything as he was incredibly rich, appreciated the finer things. He may have overdone it a bit, but he learned an important lesson from all his self-indulgences: everything is a gift from God and without him, even life’s best pleasures can be shallow and meaningless.

Pommelo salad I enjoyed in Martinique.

Following Jesus and being in a relationship with God doesn’t mean giving up pleasures and enjoying life less—it means enjoying it more. It means savoring the gifts of God with gratitude and understanding and delighting in them the same way he does. God not only gives us gifts to enjoy, he gives us the ability to take pleasure in them and the pleasure itself. Because of him and with him, we can eat, drink and be merry.