Wednesday, March 29, 2017

day no. 14,037: kill, build vol. 1

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 3
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up
 
Some things must be killed and broken down and some things must be healed and built back up. Wisdom and discernment are required to know which is which.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

day no. 14,036: a time to be born, and a time to die

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted
 
John 12:24
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

Monday, March 27, 2017

day no. 14,035: often the saddest sacks

Ecclesiastes 2:24-25
24 There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, 25 for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?
 
Greed and pride and selfishness can acquire the world's delicacies, but only God can grant the partaker with satisfaction at their consumption. Some gain access to everything their heart desires and yet the fulfillment they sought in obtaining them is withheld. Often the saddest sacks are those who have tasted everything and found it wanting because they've refused to taste and see that the Lord, alone, is good.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

day no. 14,034: happy 31st bday to my best gal!

Proverbs 18:22
He who finds a wife finds a good thing
and obtains favor from the Lord.

True dat, yo!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

day no. 14,033: why-sdom?

Ecclesiastes 2:15, 17
What happens to the fool will happen to me also. Why then have I been so very wise? So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for all is vanity and a striving after wind.
 
If the very best we can hope for under the sun is getting this life right, then death brings a sudden end to whatever gain it provided us over those who got it wrong. There will be no consolation since right or wrong, it all ended the same. The end of a thing is more important than its beginning.

Friday, March 24, 2017

day no. 14,032: pleasure as an end will not be in the end

Ecclesiastes 2:10-11
10 And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure in all my toil, and this was my reward for all my toil. 11 Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.
 
Pleasure can be pursued and purchased as an end in itself, but meaning and depth can never be gleaned from it when it's acquired in that manner.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

day no. 14,031: wishing for a world without water

Ecclesiastes 1:15
What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be counted.

Under the sun, the broken has no hope of being fixed. It is utterly hopeless to imagine it ever being any different than it is. If the hope of a new world gets you through the day, it only prolongs the inevitability of the same ol, same ol eroding you away like a pebble in a stream. You cannot stay sharp by wishing for a world without water.