In Summary
  • Later that evening, my brother forwarded me a Bible verse that has been doing the rounds on WhatsApp.
  • You’ve probably come across it, it’s from Ecclesiastes Chapter Nine and is titled: Enjoy Life While You Can.

On Tuesday this week, as we enjoyed some roast meat to welcome 2019 with the family, I told my elder brother, (pointedly looking at his not flat tummy), that both of us should make 2019 the year that we become fit and trim.

To achieve that, I continued, starting January 2, we could not afford to eat like we were eating.

“Let’s go easy on the meat this year and eat more vegetables and fruits,” I said sagely, only for him to burst out laughing as if I had just told the funniest joke he had heard in a long time.

He went on to remind me that we only live once, so he would not deny himself what he enjoyed because he had no idea what tomorrow held in store for him.

Resigned to the fact that I was on this weight loss journey alone, I reached for the kachumbari instead of another juicy goat rib.

Later that evening, my brother forwarded me a Bible verse that has been doing the rounds on WhatsApp.

You’ve probably come across it, it’s from Ecclesiastes Chapter Nine and is titled: Enjoy Life While You Can.

BLUNT VERSE

It reads, “So go eat your food and enjoy it. Drink your wine and be happy. It is right with God if you do this. Put on nice clothes and make yourself look good. Enjoy life with the wife you love. Enjoy all the days of this short life God has given you here on earth. It is all you have. So enjoy the work you do, do your best. This is because you are going to the grave. There is no working, no planning, no knowledge and no wisdom there.”

Such a blunt verse. It got me thinking. It got me thinking about how many of us are usually busy living for tomorrow while totally ignoring today.

We deny ourselves an enjoyable today because we want to save for tomorrow, for retirement, yet there is no guarantee that we will live long enough to reach retirement age.

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