Enjoy Youth

We are younger for longer these days.  Good nutrition and healthy lifestyles have got us living much longer on average than people did 500 years ago.  If you did live long you could expect to lose your teeth, eyesight and other functions much earlier.  However, what is a long time for us – let’s say we are 55 before we have to slow down instead of 35 – is just a blip on the map of history.  Enjoy it while you can.

Many of us sit on the couch, eat garbage, let electronics live our lives for us.  However, we should get out in nature, build relationships, and learn to laugh.  Don’t worry about the cancer that killed your parents – get a check up now and then, but put it out of your mind.  Don’t waste the time that you can do what you can do today.  Tomorrow you may lose a hip or go blind.

Yesterday, as every Friday, I went for a walk in Volo Bog with family (http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/r2/VOLOBOG.HTM), had lunch at Bobby’s Barrel, spent the afternoon at Volo Auto Museum (http://volocars.com/), snuggled with my wife, played soccer under the lights, and played a computer game.  Today … actually today I am just waiting for a new table to arrive.

Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8

7 Light is sweet,
   and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
8 However many years anyone may live,
   let them enjoy them all.
But let them remember the days of darkness,
   for there will be many.
   Everything to come is meaningless.

 9 You who are young, be happy while you are young,
   and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth.
Follow the ways of your heart
   and whatever your eyes see,
but know that for all these things
   God will bring you into judgment.
10 So then, banish anxiety from your heart
   and cast off the troubles of your body,
   for youth and vigor are meaningless.

 1 Remember your Creator
   in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
   and the years approach when you will say,
   “I find no pleasure in them”—
2 before the sun and the light
   and the moon and the stars grow dark,
   and the clouds return after the rain;
3 when the keepers of the house tremble,
   and the strong men stoop,
when the grinders cease because they are few,
   and those looking through the windows grow dim;
4 when the doors to the street are closed
   and the sound of grinding fades;
when people rise up at the sound of birds,
   but all their songs grow faint;
5 when people are afraid of heights
   and of dangers in the streets;
when the almond tree blossoms
   and the grasshopper drags itself along
   and desire no longer is stirred.
Then people go to their eternal home
   and mourners go about the streets.

 6 Remember him—before the silver cord is severed,
   and the golden bowl is broken;
before the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
   and the wheel broken at the well,
7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
   and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

 8 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.[a]
   “Everything is meaningless!”

Questions

  1. What is to be done with the years we live?
  2. Who should be remembered when we are young?
  3. What parts of the body might the writer be referencing in chapter 12?
  4. How does the break down of the body tend toward misery?
  5. What things that you can still do and enjoy have you not made time for recently?
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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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17 Responses to Enjoy Youth

  1. Grace Yoo says:

    1. With the years we live, we should enjoy them all.

    2. When we are young, we should remember our Creator.

    3. The author seems like it is referencing the body as a whole instead of certain body parts.

    4. When our body breaks down, we feel like we have to drag ourselves everywhere and we have no desire for anything. We mourn everywhere and everything looks dark.

    5. Recently, I have not been able to make much time for God. I am still able to do it and still enjoy it, but at times I will make excuses of not setting time apart from everything for Him.

  2. Sokloon Dy (Lizzy) says:

    1. enjoy them!
    2. Remember our Creator, God, in the days of our youth.
    3. eyes, legs, shoulders, teeth, and hair.
    4. when we get to the end of our lives, we see the end, and we become miserable. we tend to lose desire for doing anything.
    5. doing my homework in the library, swimming at the gym, and exploring Chicago.

  3. HeeJin,Choi says:

    1.What is to be done with the years we live?
    -Enjoy what I have been given with joy.
    2.Who should be remembered when we are young?
    -Our Creator
    3.What parts of the body might the writer be referencing in chapter 12?
    – Eyes with various visual descriptions.
    4.How does the break down of the body tend toward misery?
    – The feeling of misery and despair leads our eyes to Our only shelter, comforter, Creator.
    5.What things that you can still do and enjoy have you not made time for recently?
    -enjoying being at Moody.

  4. Rebecca Langer says:

    1. We should be productive with the years that we live and seek to enjoy them. 🙂
    2. Our Lord and Creator!
    3. Muscles, teeth, and eyes.
    4. It is harder to do things that you enjoy when you are older, and more strenuous and painful to do them. Even taking a simple walk may be accented with jolts of pain from arthritis. You may not be able to see beautiful sights anymore, or run through fields of flowers.
    5. i have not made time for going and having a good time with the girls on my floor. I have been consumed with homework that I have not gotten off Moody’s campus much.

  5. Amy Kringle says:

    1. We should be happy with our young years.
    2. We should remember our creator while we are young.
    3. Eyes, teeth and legs.
    4. Because we cannot do things for ourselves and we cannot join in the activities with everyone else.
    5. I think I do too much active stuff…I need to take time and relax with friends while it is enjoyable rather than it being a necessity.

  6. [ED2203-01] HyeJin Lee says:

    1.What is to be done with the years we live?
    – We should enjoy our lives.
    2.Who should be remembered when we are young?
    – We should remember our Creator when we are young.
    3.What parts of the body might the writer be referencing in chapter 12?
    – Arms, legs, teeth, eyes, ears, and hair.
    4.How does the break down of the body tend toward misery?
    – As we age,our passion will decrease and the feeling of lagging behind will make us miserable.
    5. What things that you can still do and enjoy have you not made time for recently?
    – I can still work out and walk outside, but I haven’t enjoyed doing so recently because of lots of homework.

  7. Moon [ED 2203;Mon 6:00pm class] says:

    1.we should live diligently and also enjoy the years!
    2. God who is with us and will also bring us to judgment for what we are following now.
    3.legs, teeth, arms, eyes, ears, and voice
    4.How does the break down of the body tend toward misery?
    when we get older, the body will be weak and enervated. if there is even no hope for the future eternity, the rest of the life is in misery.
    5. i went to the movies with my friends yesterday. i had had some frustrating troubles, but trough the fellowship time with my friends, i was encouraged and able to see the enjoyable life!

  8. Melisa Guiles says:

    1. We are to enjoy them.
    2. We should remember our Creator.
    3. Joints, eyes, hearing
    4. As we grow older we can do less and less of the things that we used to do and that can cause misery.
    5. music, reading, time with people.

  9. Kristin Goffinet says:

    1) We should enjoy all our years, remebering that we will have to give an account for our lives on earth.
    2) We should remeber God, our creator
    3) I am not sure, but possibly eyes
    4) As you age, you tend to get more and more depressed and ready for death.
    5) I can spend time with family and friends!!

  10. Sandra Tindle says:

    1. We are to make the most of the years we live and enjoy them while we can.
    2. Our Creator should be remembered when we are young.
    3. The author could be talking about eyes, hands, and backs.
    4. The breakdown of the body tends toward misery because things don’t work as well as they used to and people are in pain and discomfort because of old age.
    5. Some things that I can still do and enjoy that I have not made time for recently are things like running, being outside, and enjoying the things around me. Also spending more time with God.

  11. Cassie Clark says:

    1. We are to enjoy them!!
    2. Our Creator
    3. Hands, eyes, hair, back, ears
    4. One cannot do the tasks that one used to do.
    5. Reading!

  12. aaron wright says:

    1. we should enjoy them by glorifying GOD!
    2. our creator
    3. eyes, teeth, etc
    4. we feel weaker and tend to drag around in life
    5. havent enjoyed just listening to some good Christian music

  13. Kristen Patush says:

    1.What is to be done with the years we live?

    We should enjoy life to the fullest (In accordance with God’s Word) while we are on Earth.
    2.Who should be remembered when we are young?
    We should remember our Creator in the days of our youth, as the Teacher says. We need to remember God and everything He has done.

    3.What parts of the body might the writer be referencing in chapter 12?

    Teeth, eye sight, back, ears (hearing)

    4.How does the break down of the body tend toward misery?
    There is pain that comes with the break down of the body, thus, misery.

    5.What things that you can still do and enjoy have you not made time for recently?
    I can make more time to spend time with my family. Since I live close (Joliet), I am going to try to go home on the weekends more often that once a month (like I am doing now).

  14. Kerri Klingsmith says:

    1. What is to be done with the years we live?
    Savor them.
    2. Who should be remembered when we are young?
    Our Lord who created everything.
    3. What parts of the body might the writer be referencing in chapter 12?
    Eyes, ears, teeth and voice.
    4. How does the break down of the body tend toward misery?
    Our body breaks down the older we get and pain unexpectedly comes. We cannot rely on our bodies but must look to eternity instead.
    5. What things that you can still do and enjoy have you not made time for recently?
    Going for long walks, art, cooking

  15. Kendalle says:

    1. What is to be done with the years we live?
    Serve the LORD and remember them
    2. Who should be remembered when we are young?
    The CREATOR
    3. What parts of the body might the writer be referencing in chapter 12?
    Ears teeth and voice.
    4. How does the break down of the body tend toward misery?
    The early Body we have is not going to last forever but we have to maintain our Hope for eternity with Jesus.
    5. What things that you can still do and enjoy have you not made time for recently?
    Enjoying The Lord in the small things.

  16. 1. We are to enjoy our days in the years that we live.
    2. We should remember our Creator.
    3. Eyes, teeth, and parts of the body that allow you to move
    4. The break down of the body tends towards misery because when your physically not feeling well, or not rested, everything is weakened, mind, body, spirit, soul, emotions.
    5. Lately I have not made time to get out in the city as much, and just enjoy the fresh air of being outdoors.

  17. 1. Live them and enjoy them 🙂
    2. We have got to remember God.
    3. Ears and voice, I think.
    4. The older we get, the more the body breaks down. When the body breaks down, we become closer and closer to death.
    5. Oh gosh…. hmmmm. Probably going to the lake every day like I used to… but as the weather changes, this will only get worse 😛

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