November 25, 2018 - How to properly enjoy the world

Your enjoyment of the world is never right,
- ‘Till every morning you awake in Heaven; see yourself in your Father's Palace; and look upon the skies, the earth, and the air as Celestial Joys.

You never enjoy the world aright,
- ‘Till the Sea itself floweth in your veins;
- ‘Till you are clothed with the heavens, and crowned with the stars, and perceive yourself to be the sole heir of the whole world, and more than so, because men are in it who are every one sole heirs as well as you.
- ‘Till you can sing and rejoice and delight in God, as misers do in gold, and Kings in sceptres,

You never enjoy the world aright,
- ‘Till your spirit filleth the whole world, and the stars are your jewels ;
- ‘Till you are as familiar with the ways of God in all Ages as with your walk and table :
- ‘Till you are intimately acquainted with that shady nothing out of which the world was made
- ‘Till you love men so as to desire their happiness, with a thirst equal to the zeal of your own
- ‘Till you delight in God for being good to all.

You never enjoy the world.
- ‘Till you more feel it than your private estate, and are more present in the hemi sphere, considering the glories and the beauties there, than in your own house :
- ‘Till you remember how lately you were made, and how wonderful it was when you came into it.

-Thomas Traherne (1636-1674)