Monday, April 23, 2012

Enjoy the Trip

Ecc 5:16 And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind? 17 All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he hath much sorrow and wrath with his sickness. Ecc 5:18 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion. 19 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God. 20 For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.
No one yet has ever made it out of this life alive. We are born, we grow, we work, we die. What will we have to show for our productive years? Some people work hard their whole lives only to see their labors taken away by the wind. Others learn that work is only a vehicle to provide for ministry. Among the things that last are the satisfaction of doing right, influencing others for the Lord, and enjoying the gifts of God. I am reminded of the little child who built her sandcastle on the beach. For her, it was a masterpiece which she proudly displayed to all passers-by. As the sun began to set, the swells increased until a waved washed ashore to pull her work of art into the sea. She laughed with glee and carried her little plastic bucket and shovel back to her home. Wouldn't we enjoy life more if we could spend less time worrying about our legacies and more time cherishing our journeys?

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