Applying Pleasure to a Problem


Ellen and I were driving toward home when we made an important decision. Prior to that decisive moment, Ellen had wrestled with guilt (“I should stay”) and duty (“but I’ve got work to do at home”). Not exactly the easiest two reasons for determining life’s direction (in our case, literally).

Good food brings such pleasure.

The question was a simple one. Should we stay an additional night with Ellen’s family or return to our regular routine at home? Ellen’s mother applied the pressure to stay. Thus the tug of guilt. Ellen’s freelance work applied the pressure to go home. Thus the pull of duty.

We found a much better reason to return for one more night with family. Pleasure.

The pleasure of time with Ellen’s youngest brother, in Wisconsin only for a few days.

The pleasure of homemade pizza, our brother-in-law’s specialty (of course, anything Sandy cooks tends to be special).

The pleasure of an evening of good family conversation.

Questions: Does pleasure factor into your relationship with God and your faith decisions? Guilt, duty, or pleasure—which has the strongest pull?

About tnealtarver

I've traveled and spoken around the world but always love to come home. There I eat exceptional meals, drink coffee to my heart's content, and get loved like nowhere else on earth. I believe a community centered in Christ should be all that and so much more.
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2 Responses to Applying Pleasure to a Problem

  1. Mary Jeffries says:

    Pleasure! No doubt about it….being with God is pure pleasure. His love, His compassion, His Grace, the beauty of His world….ya….pleasure is the best.
    I have served out of duty, but that is hard and can be depressing. I hate it when guilt causes us to act in certain ways, that is not God….that is someone or something else. God does NOT want a relationship with us based on guilt, or duty….but on LOVE! And true LOVE brings pleasure, right? MJ

  2. tnealtarver says:

    “Perfect love casts out fear…” We read the Bible but we don’t absorb its message. True Love designed life to be a pleasure.

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