Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. (Søren Kierkegard, 19th century Danish philosopher)

“Breathless” and “haste,” indeed, are two words that clearly express the pace of life in 21st century America. And it is also clear that it’s the pursuit of pleasure that seems to drive so many in modern society. Author Janelle Bruland asks, “When was the last time you stopped, and simply enjoyed what you are doing in the moment?” In slowing down perhaps you will find joy.

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 (Ecclesiastes 2:24).