Sunday, December 23, 2012

Dec 23: Ecclesiastes 11

First, Merry Christmas Eve, Eve! Today we’re in Ecclesiastes chapter 11.
  1. The opening lines of this chapter are great business advice. The writer suggests a diverse “portfolio” because we don’t know what disasters may lie in the future for any business.
  2. The nest few lines are very applicable to our lives even today. The author writes that we should do the work we can today because we don’t know what the future will hold. So many people (often whom we are one of) put off doing what they know they need to do for a “more convenient time.” The truth is there isn’t always a more convenient time. Often we’re just being lazy and the author warns us of that here.
  3. The end of the chapter is a bit more bleak. The author reminds us once again of our coming death. However, once you look at it closer you can tell he is simply trying to help us keep a healthy perspective of the shortness of life. This is something we all would do well to remember.
In the ending of this chapter the author pens some great advice for us . . . to enjoy life. The truth is it’s naturally easier for us all to see the negative in our environment. I’m sure this would help us if we we’re in a more barbaric existence like living in the wild. However, for those of us who live in a tamer world this natural tendency to focus on the negative can stifle our joy and even make life seem not worth living at all. The reality is we have a really great life. Each of us face our own problems and it may seem (and even be) really dark right now. But the truth is we have it better than so many people. The old saying our parents used to say to us; “there’s always someone who has it worse than you” really is true. So, what blessings has God put in your life that your missing out on by focusing on the negative? Ask God today to help you see more of the positive and blessings He has given you.

- Written for Verve by Tommy Altman