Every one of us is designed and wired for pleasure. This is evident from the moment a child is born ... he/she seeks happiness, contentment, pleasure. Give me food, give me warmth, change my diaper, entertain me, etc ... and these demands are made every day, all day, and any time of day. The older we get the demands may change but the pursuit of pleasure is always the same. Back in the 1600's, a French philosopher, mathematician, physicist, and writer named Blaise Pascal rightly said this:
All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.
If we're honest with ourselves we must agree that we're constantly in pursuit of pleasure with every decision we make (or avoid making).
Solomon gives us his take on the pursuit of pleasure in Ecclesiastes 2:1-11. Please prayerfully read this text prior to Sunday's worship and ask God to examine your pleasure seeking lifestyle. Hopefully in our study of this text we'll answer such questions as, "Was Solomon qualified to speak about pleasure?" "Do the things Solomon pursued actually bring any pleasure?" "Is God opposed to us having fun?" "Is our lack of lasting pleasure God's design for our lives?" "If pleasure is something I'm wired to pursue, how am I to pursue it?"
Remember that this Sunday is the day we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Community Presbyterian Church. The schedule for the day is detailed on the front page of the church website. We'll be eating lunch together after worship so please remember to bring food - a main dish and a side/ salad/ or dessert.