I decided to read Ecclesiastes again because it is a scientific experiment performed by a man who had everything we seek to satisfy us as humans. He kicked the tires of life to see what ultimately would bring any sense of contentment. He discovered education, success, owning stuff, wild women, pleasure and everything else was chasing the wind.
I like this part found in chapter 5 and verses 18 and following in the New Living Translation of the Bible. “Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life. And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life-this is indeed a gift from God. God keeps such people so busy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past.” Emphasis mine.
So often, I have lost the ability to enjoy the great life I have because of fretting over something in the past or wondering about the future. To be able to live fully present in the now, while accepting my lot in life is a great gift from God. This moment can never be lived again. This day will soon pass never to be enjoyed again.
Again I say, Lord help me to be so grateful for everything good you have given me and to enjoy each moment so much living in your fullness, I won’t have time to worry about past or future issues!