Ecclesiastes 9-10

For some time I’ve thought I’d like these verses beautifully cross-stitched and hanging in my hypothetical home with my hypothetical husband: 

“Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which God has given you under the sun; for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun. Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might.” 

(I’ve debated including the last line: “for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.” Solomon didn’t know what the death of Israel’s Messiah would accomplish. This line has been made void. “Where, O death, is your sting?” Is our anthem now.)

Work hard and enjoy it. Be married and enjoy that person. Be committed, content and happy. That seems pretty simple. 

Why, then, do we entertain strife and complications? Especially since we now live in the AD era where Christ has defeated death and the Holy Spirit resides in us bearing fruit like love, joy, peace, patience, kindnesses, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control? He has promised to give wisdom to whomever asks, so ask. See how profitable wisdom is: better than weapons of war.

I challenge us to ENJOY. Be in the moment. Don’t waste your first cup of coffee worrying about your to do list. Make the most of your times with family. Remember all your favorite things about your spouse and give ’em a smooch. Who gets to be married to them? YOU! Always practice thankfulness. 

We hear a lot about heavenly reward in the New Testament letters, but here lie the words “this is your reward in life” and I think they deserve our attention. We wouldn’t want to miss out, right? 

The school I’ve been working with all summer leaves for Mongolia tomorrow morning, led by a couple of my dearest friends. They’ll be gone 2 months and I am going to miss them SO MUCH! So, what am I doing today? Enjoying them!

Enjoy your day!

-Bethany

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