First of all – I’m getting a bit of ADD with my Chronological Reading Plan. I can’t just simply pick up any Bible and read because the order is so bizarre – so its a bit annoying to me. For now – I’ll keep with it, but I might try to figure out where I’m actually at (in regular order) which is 1 Kings, and read straight through. So. We’ll see.
But – onto Ecclesiastes. I read this straight through last night. I couldn’t put it down. I highlighted more in this book than I didn’t, and it looks like highlighter threw up over my [iPad] bible [app]. Lately I’ve been obsessed with reading Gods word and find myself reading several days worth at a time.
Normally I’d copy down my very favorite verses, but again, if I did that I’d basically be copying all of the book. So I’ll summarize.
What happens on this earth is not so important. What we work towards in material goods is meaningless. Build up riches in Heaven instead. And be happy! If our world is going to heck in a hand basket, spend your time being happy! Yes this seems counterintuitive, but there is nothing you can really do about this world, so don’t waste your time being down in the dumps about it. Enjoy life. Enjoy what God the Father has given you!
There is a time for EVERYTHING!
Its not good to be alone. Get some help. Don’t be afraid to lean on others, because two can accomplish more than just one, and if you can get three, then all the better!
Let your words be few said King Soloman! Don’t make empty promises to God. Its better to make no promise, then to promise and not follow through.
Oh how I love Ecclesiastes Chapter 5 v. 7 “Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead”.
Enjoy the things you have, and don’t envy others.
The more words you speak – the less they mean, so choose carefully what you say.
When wise people give you critique – listen! Don’t be offended, you can really learn from them.
Finishing is better than starting
You know what? I’m so darn guilty of this. I start stuff all of the time that I never finish. Anyone can proclaim they’re going to run a marathon, get in shape, start a new business venture, do this do that, etc etc etc… but eventually if you’re a starter, and you’re never a finisher, then where is the joy? This verse urges me to just suck up the ADD and FINISH the Chronological plan. Perhaps there is something in store for me by reading it this way that I’ll never get if I just read straight through. So for now. I’m going to keep trucking on. I’m on day 175 of 365 which is almost half way!
Focus on now. Not the past, and not the future, but now. Nothing is certain in this life.
Nobody knows God’s ultimate plan. Don’t waste time trying to figure it out.
Nobody knows when hard times will come.
Do not talk ill about others. You never know who is listening, and who will bring it back to the person.
Chapter 11 v. 4 ~ “Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest”
Fear God, and obey his commands
WOW! Thank you King Soloman for this transcript!