Home > Articles > Special Features > "Playing Our Part With Pleasure"   

Playing Our Part With PleasurePlaying Our Part With Pleasure
by Michael Harbour

Print This Article   Send it to a Friend  


    “All the world’s stage, and all the men and women players: They have their exits and their entrances,” says William Shakespeare in As You Like It.

    Have you ever considered the problem of pleasure?

    Philip Yancey in his reflections on the writings of G. K. Chesterton (entitled Soul Survivor) has helped me to consider the “problem” of pleasure.

    How do you explain all of the overwhelming goodness in the world if there is not a tremendous loving and caring God weaving it all together? Pleasure is a problem for the person who does not believe that God has plans for good.

    I wonder if God ever gets tired of making tulips, or daisies, or bluebonnets. Does God ever get tired of making blue? Does God get tired of knitting babies together? Have you considered the goodness of food? Perhaps we would eat less if food were tasteless. Do you think that we would eat, if we had no taste buds? God made eating fun! We love it, right? We are tempted by it. I think we would have eaten for our survival even if God had made us without taste buds, but he didn’t. He made food good!

    Have you ever asked, “Why is sex fun?” Would we fail to have children, would we have failed to figure it all out if sex was not fun? But it is enjoyable, a blessing, and sometimes an adventure. Other organisms reproduce just fine in far less joyful ways.

    God gave us gifts! How else do we explain the abundance of goodness? For those who refuse to believe in God, how would they answer the problem of pleasure? God is at the center of our existence. God is the answer to the question, “What’s going on here?”

    So, what do we do with all of this goodness?

So, what do we do with all of this goodness?
    We climb upon the stage and we play our part. We are those who drink deeply from the wells of the goodness of God. We celebrate HIS goodness. We celebrate the pleasure; not by over indulgence, but with sacred care. We are those who are profoundly thankful that we have not ruined our lives so thoroughly that the goodness can no longer be seen.

    Wealth is a gift. We choose not to be seduced by it. We treat the gift with joy and with care.

    The union of a man and a woman is a great joy, treated as a sacred entrustment.

    Power, food, and the earth with all of its wonder are blessings and deposits of God’s great goodness and treated with sacred thanksgiving. God has designed us for joy, for delight, and for adventure. We should not miss the plan. This is what’s going on here!

    And yes, while there trouble, too, on this stage, we do not have to be afraid. We know the end of the play! We are in the hands of the God who has plans for us, plans for good and plans for our eternal joy! “So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:6). Stand up on that stage with confidence! Place your trust in God. We can have a great life full of God’s blessings as well as a great story with very sweet conclusion.

Share Related
Print This ArticlePrint this Article

Send it to a FriendSend it to a Friend

Heartlight encourages you to share this material with others in church bulletins, personal emails and other non-commercial uses. Please see our Usage Guidelines for more information.

      © 2002, Michael Harbour. Used by permission.

      Title: "Playing Our Part With Pleasure"
      Author: Michael Harbour
      Publication Date: June 21, 2002


Hundreds more articles
like this are in the

...or search to find an article by keywords:

  Visit our Sponsors

Heartlight only exists because of your support! Click above to visit a sponsor, or donate to join us in our ministry.

Michael Harbour is the preaching minister at Southeast Church of Christ in Houston, Texas.


Get Heartlight articles and devotionals by email FREE every day!
Daily Heartlight
Today's Verse
What Jesus Did!

More Information



Subscribe via:
Subscribe via Email Subscribe via Facebook Subscribe via RSS