The other day I was laughing with my children about how exciting it was that school was about to start. The looks they gave to me were PRECIOUS and scary! I responded by saying how important education is for their well being, their intelligence, what kind of job they will get etc. It didnt seem to make any difference. It is funny how something so important that will benefit them so highly is taken for granted and not fully appreciated.
The same can be said of our faith. For many the only time they really fully rely on faith is during the most difficult times in their lives or during a major life moment. Most of the rest of the time, we just take it for granted or moan about having to get up so early on Sunday morning (yes, that moan was me this week).
One of my goals this year is to not take blessings in my life, including my faith, for granted. I really want to work on appreciating my faith life, my spiritual journey, my faith community and my family. I hope you will join me in appreciating what you have more.
Ecclesiastes 7-9The Message (MSG)
Don’t Take Anything for Granted
7 A good reputation is better than a fat bank account.
Your death date tells more than your birth date.
2 You learn more at a funeral than at a feast—
After all, that’s where we’ll end up. We might discover
something from it.
3 Crying is better than laughing.
It blotches the face but it scours the heart.
4 Sages invest themselves in hurt and grieving.
Fools waste their lives in fun and games.
5 You’ll get more from the rebuke of a sage
Than from the song and dance of fools.
6 The giggles of fools are like the crackling of twigs
Under the cooking pot. And like smoke.
7 Brutality stupefies even the wise
And destroys the strongest heart.
8 Endings are better than beginnings.
Sticking to it is better than standing out.
9 Don’t be quick to fly off the handle.
Anger boomerangs. You can spot a fool by the lumps on his head.
10 Don’t always be asking, “Where are the good old days?”
Wise folks don’t ask questions like that.
11-12 Wisdom is better when it’s paired with money,
Especially if you get both while you’re still living.
Double protection: wisdom and wealth!
Plus this bonus: Wisdom energizes its owner.
13 Take a good look at God’s work.
Who could simplify and reduce Creation’s curves and angles
To a plain straight line?
14 On a good day, enjoy yourself;
On a bad day, examine your conscience.
God arranges for both kinds of days
So that we won’t take anything for granted.