Friday, March 14, 2008

Getting Ahead in Life: Take God With You

11He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. 13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in his toil--this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him. ~Ecclesiastes 3:11-14

God is God--awesome and powerful and mighty and all the things that we cannot even begin to wrap our minds around. Scientist and scholars have devoted their lives to trying to figure out how God has gone about doing his thing. Scholars and philosophers have spent generations trying to unearth and expose the Bible. Whether a person is a believer or not, the Bible is an awesome book and phenomenon. God has given us the world and we don't even know how to act.

God has not only given us life but the ability to laugh and be joyful no matter what the circumstances. Children in the poorest countries can still find joy and love and laughter even as they are dying. God does that. Yet we take Him for granted the first chance we can. We forget that he is the one that gave us life and land and the ability to make something happen. We forget that God does want us to be happy and prosperous and full of joy. Instead, we ignore him and try to do things on our own.

Do we revere God for all the good he has put into our lives? We barely remember him. If we could focus on Him and start off by living life as he would want us to, we would be one step closer to glory.

It does not matter if you do not yet know what your God given purpose is. I am still trying to figure that out, and I believe it will come as I focus more on Him. However, we do not need to know our purpose to start our Jesus walk. He has shown us how. Everyday, before every step, before every action; we really do need to ask ourselves, "What would Jesus do?"

Recommendation: Ecclesiastes is only 12 chapters long and is a trip. It is about this guy that has amassed great success yet finds it all meaningless. In the process of his lamenting he provides some great insight and advice.
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