Our little boys are at an age when the simplest of pleasures are still exciting for them.  I didn’t realize how easy it was to entertain them until a recent trip to a Pizza Ranch.  We happened to be seated in a place where the boys were able to see the arcade games.  There was a hunting game with deer, elk, and moose.  The boys did not know it was a game but instead thought they were getting to watch a movie while they ate dinner. 
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The best part came after we were done eating.  We went back to the video games and they were able to see another game that had been hidden from their view earlier.  They were then able to watch a race care “movie” and best of all, they got to sit in the drivers seat and turn the steering wheel and shift the gears while the watched the screen.  They had no idea that most kids put a quarter into it.  They are actually still young enough that they wouldn’t be able to make it go where they wanted anyway and they had a blast just pretending to drive.  As I tucked them into bed that night, our oldest was still talking about driving the car.
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As I thought about our little boys I suddenly realized how people often miss out on what should be bringing them pleasure.  When I was ten years old, I looked forward to getting a quarter to drive the race car game, but now the fun has wore off.  Instead I find pleasure in little things like seeing my boys having fun.
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Too many miss the basic pleasure in life and become so preoccupied with trying to find pleasure that they miss out on the joy that is right in front of them.  If they are not able to look forward to the next party, or the big game, or the exciting vacation, they become discouraged.
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But for someone who has put their trust in Christ, godly pleasures are all around us.  For example we are to take pleasure in the beauty of nature that God has created.  “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” (Psalm 19:1)
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For example, there can be more joy in watching a sunset with an understanding that God made it than going on an all expense paid vacation if you are burdened by guilt the whole trip.  Once our relationship with God is right, we are able to find pleasure in the simplest of places.  We no longer have to seek it, we find out that it is all around us. 
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Please do not misunderstand what I am saying.  I am not suggesting that you become religious just so you can find pleasure.  That is not what being a Christian is about.  It is about believing in Christ whether you ever get any benefit or not.  The point is that joy and rejoicing are a natural result of walking with Christ and when you are close to Him you are able to see the pleasures that you might not have even recognized before. 
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Consider these Psalms that show the result of rejoicing once God’s mercy and salvation are understood.  “But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.” (Psalm 13:5)  “And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.” (Psalm 35:9)
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If you are missing out on the simple pleasures of life because you have not believed on Jesus Christ, trust Him now.  Often people lack joy because of guilt and they  try to cover it by seeking pleasure.  Rather than trying to cover up the guilt, believe in Christ for forgiveness and find that true pleasures are as close as the nearest sunset once you believe His promise of forgiveness.