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This is love for God: to obey His commands. And His commands are not burdensome. 1 John 5:3

Do you hit your brakes every time you see a cop?  Do you ask people what you did the night before, worrying about who you might have hurt or offended because you drank way more than anyone should?  Do you tell more lies to cover up one lie?

I’m not asking these questions to call anyone out, I’m just thinking of things that people do to violate God’s commands, when following them would be a lot easier.

I used to risk my life living that way.  Instead of looking both ways before crossing the street, I would just say to myself, “They have brakes,” and just amble on across a busy street.  Sure, I thought I was having fun, doing whatever I wanted to do.  Lying to my parents about what I was up to because I was having “fun” partying all night.

The Bible verse about just really made me look back on my younger life.  I used to be afraid of the life I have today, afraid.  I thought that sitting quietly on a Friday night, writing a blog of all things, was the most boring thing I could ever do (even though there was no such thing as a blog back then).  But you know what?  I’m not looking over my shoulder anymore.  I’m not worried about my manager catching me skimming the register anymore.

I guess my life isn’t as exciting as it used to be, but it’s a lot less work, and I’m lazy.

Always Enjoy Life,
Zach Ellerbrook

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I’m a little late in writing this morning’s afternoon’s blog for a couple reasons.

1.  I have children.

2.  They come before writing.

I don’t mean to write about the blatantly obvious but my kids are the easiest thing in my life to enjoy, and also the most difficult.  Honestly, it takes effort to enjoy my children sometimes.  I can get so caught up in “raising them right,” or “teaching them manners and respect” that I can forget how sweet, innocent, and gentle they are – even when they don’t exactly behave as such.  I must also note that I have been a parent for only four years, so I have much to learn.

I have to laugh at myself (and everything else for that matter) a lot in order to truly enjoy life.  I have never seen such enjoyment in a pile of video game cases, DVD cases, and tension rods as I have seen in my 14-month-old daughter.  Once I settled down from the “mess” that my child was making, it really turned into a beautiful sight.

Seeing God in my family is great training for seeing God in everyone else around me.  Sometimes it seems that I treat my neighbor a lot better than I treat my wife and children, but how much better will I treat my neighbor when I truly become the husband and father that God wants me to be for them.

On a final note, speaking of God, I enjoy my family a lot more when I realize that my wife and kids are not mine.  They are God’s children and it’s my job to treat them the way He wants me to.  The moment I treat them the way I want to, I’m screwed.

Always Enjoy Life,

Zach Ellerbrook