“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” (Reference: Luke 21:34-36)
I had to look up “dissipation”. It means “the process of slowly disappearing or becoming less” or “the act of using all or a lot of money, time, etc., in a foolish way” or “behavior that shows you are interested only in pleasure, money, etc.” I don’t any of the three are something that it would be wise to do. We of course know that drunkenness is something that should be avoided. But this third item, “the anxieties of life” – the writer of Luke has Jesus advising his disciples not to be weighed down with the anxieties of life. It sounds to me like Jesus is telling his disciples to live a balance life. Not too much partying and loose living, but not too much worry and concern. Be aware of what goes on around you, but do not be caught up in the excesses that are in the world.
I could say more . . . maybe even much more, for this scripture passage has much to say. But I feel strongly that each person must find for his/her self balance in life. I cannot say for you what you should or should not do. I leave that to the Spirit to inspire and guide you. All I will say is that after a good day’s work should come some ease and comfort; and each person should spend time in communion with our Lord so that at the end of all things you might be known by our Lord God. Selah!