Are We on Earth for our Enjoyment?

[ 2 ] January 1, AD 2013 |

I’ve been reading a book of the letters of Blessed Zélie Martin titled A Call to a Deeper Love.

There’s much I could say about her and her writing, but one thing that has stuck with me is:

We’re not on this earth for our enjoyment. Those who expect to enjoy life are very wrong and remarkably disappointed in their expectations.

By this I don’t think that she means that we are supposed to be miserable all our lives. Merely that we aren’t supposed to expect everything to be convenient, overly comfortable or for our entertainment.

How conflicting is this with the modern message? That if you aren’t enjoying life it isn’t worth living? YOLO?

zelie_martin_1Zélie saw much suffering in her life. She gave birth to nine children, but only 5 survived infancy. She was really sick through all her pregnancies. She was a working mother with her own business. Her children were frequently sick with serious diseases including Measles, Whooping Cough and Typhoid. She was unable to breastfeed and so had to send her children to wet nurses far from her home in a time where there was little transport, some of which caused the death of her children (through alcoholism, starvation, and neglect). She had bouts of quite severe depression. Then ultimately she got sick and died of breast cancer.

Have we gotten too comfortable? Do we class our #firstworldproblems as suffering? Do we get pre-occupied with ourselves and we feel sorry for ourselves over trivial things?

We are supposed to make ourselves uncomfortable, to get out of our comfort zones, to aspire for the true enjoyment of heaven, to do things, change the world even.

As Zélie says,

“… it’s certain and proven by experience that happiness is not on earth… No, happiness can’t be found here below, In His wisdom, God wanted it this way to make us remember that the world is not our true home.”

So if things are not going well, have hope! You are obviously made for better things.

At the start of a new year, reading these quotes has helped me write my new year’s resolutions. Its a time to think of getting out of our comfort zones and vow to change and improve ourselves and do something different.

So do enjoy life. Be joyful. Just don’t get too comfortable.

 

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Chelsea Houghton is a 27 year old mother who lives in Christchurch, New Zealand with her husband and four children under the age of five. She has a Media and Communications degree from the University of Canterbury and in the past has worked for the Journey of the Cross and Icon for World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, for the Christchurch Catholic Youth Team and running the Theology of the Body for Teens programme and training to various groups. She a columnist for Catholic Stand, Ignitum Today and NZ Catholic. Chelsea blogs at Grow the Roses
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  • http://www.mycatholicblog.com/ Erin Pascal

    Hi Chelsea! Thank you for this inspiring post. I personally have been through a lot of problems and troubles and there are many times wherein I have almost lost hope. All I do is pray, have faith, and believe that God has something better in store for me. Have a blessed 2013!