Fall Break and Ponderings on Ecclesiastes

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Rachel and Hannah when we lived at 219 South College Street in Halls, TN. Robert was youth pastor at FBC Halls.

Finally, fall break.  Teacher friends, we are almost finished with one semester.  I am extremely excited to be with the ladies at Mercer Baptist Church next Thursday night for a widows’ dinner and one of the things I have done today is pray and listen to God for guidance as to my topic.  God led me to the book of Ecclesiastes.  I love that book.  There is so much in it that makes so much sense.  I encourage you to be actively involved in a Sunday School class–I teach two at EBC if you live near me.  Also, be involved in personal bible study.  How can we grow in Christ if we never read His word?  It transforms us, and the first step is a commitment to study it.

Here are some things that I gleaned from Ecclesiastes today:

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Rachel

1.  There is nothing new under the sun. Every thought, activity, sin, bad deed, corruption…none of these are new.  They have been around for ages.  If you read about the Roman Empire, you will get a clear picture of that.  Everything that you face is not new.  People have been going through it for ages.  Better yet, Christ did and He overcame.  By His power in us, we can also.

2.  Money can’t buy happiness.  I like to believe it can help out with my happiness, but that’s really not true.  If you read about or watch on TV those that have tons of money, they are never happy.  This applies to me also.  If you live in America, you are rich: you just don’t realize it.  My first mission trip to Haiti helped me see things differently.  I am spoiled, and I need to never dwell on money.

3.  Finding satisfaction in your job is a gift from God.  I am called to be a high school teacher.  I don’t always want to be a high school teacher, but I can be content in knowing that this is where God would have me.

4.  Many things that we work so hard to have will be enjoyed by someone else.  A precious lady from Halls, TN always said, “One day, my son will back a truck up to this door and haul everything out of here.  It will all end up in a dumpster somewhere.”  This is true.  What is of any value could be sold by a family member, and they will enjoy the money received.  Our savings accounts, life insurance policies and other stuff of value will fund someone’s trip to a beach somewhere. I have handled some financial affairs for family members after their deaths, and I can testify that this is true.  Hmm…this gives us a good reason to save, spend wisely, and enjoy some of it. sounds like a road trip to me.

5.  The wicked will prosper.  Mean people will get rich.  Criminals will not always get caught.  Life is not fair, but heaven is.

So, what is a person to do?  These verses seem to sum it up:

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Hannah

Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil.  Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words.”   Ecclesiastes 5:1-3

” For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity;but God is the one you must fear.” Ecclesiastes 5:7

One truth that we can get from these verses is to walk humbly with God.  We should never think too much of ourselves.  We should remember that He is God, and we are not.

Today, be happy with your situation, whether rich or poor.  Do your job that God has called you to and be happy with it and your salary.  All of it is a gift from God.

Kathy McBroom

PS:  I realize that my pictures have very little to do with my blog post, but I like pictures, they are fall pictures from long ago, and I reserve the right to add my kids pictures anytime for no apparent reason.  Thanks for reading my blog.

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1 Comment

  1. Hi Kathy,
    I have been teaching Ecclesiastes for 30 years and recently memorized the book so I could perform it on stage. I have really enjoyed the journey.
    Every morning I read through the posts about Ecclesiastes and usually am quite disappointed by people who insist that this book is all about how depressing and meaningless life is. Even the majority of leaders seem unable to dig past all the negative traditions and poor translations that have hidden Ecclesiastes from us.
    So nice this morning to read your post and find someone who understands what Kohelet is trying to say.
    Keep up the good work.

    Vance – http://www.artofwork.ca

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