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Apr 12

Hello, Father.
Thank you for the night off again last night, and thank you for the company and good lunch out yesterday, time to get to know some new peeps. Thank you for the breeze that is keeping the ninety-degree weather bearable, and thank you for the awesome blessing of shade for me to hangout in while my Mate arranged to have his phone service updated. Thank you for helping me get so many of my graphics organized through Adobe Bridge CC with its tags and collections features, and thank you for the enthusiasm inside me, ready to create some new and awesome things for my sites and for YouTube. Please help me to work on things in your will and timing, Lord. Help me to make wise use of my resources each day, including my time and my energy. Amen.

 
Ecclesiastes 7:14-24 ERV

When life is good, enjoy it. But when life is hard, remember that God gives us good times and hard times. And no one knows what will happen in the future. 
In my short life, I have seen everything. I have seen good people die young, and I have seen evil people live long lives. 
So why ruin your life? Don’t be too good or too bad, and don’t be too wise or too foolish. Why should you die before your time? 
Try to be a little of this and a little of that. Even God’s followers will do some good things and some bad things. 
Surely there is no one on earth who always does good and never sins. But wisdom can make one person stronger than ten leaders in a city. 

Don’t listen to everything people say. You might hear your own servant saying bad things about you. 
And you know that many times you too have said bad things about other people. 
I used my wisdom and thought about all these things. I wanted to be wise, but I couldn’t do it. 
I cannot understand why things are as they are. It is too hard for anyone to understand.

 
Lord I thank you for the miraculous gift of a Mate who is wise like Solomon, who was the wisest man ever to have lived, and whose wisdom is summed up over and over in his life-examining book Ecclesiastes as basically thus: “The best things you can do with this life is to enjoy it and to try to enjoy the work you are given.” Solomon reminds us that none of us can be perfect, and there is such a thing as being “too good” or even “too wise”. I need that wisdom, Lord, as I too often strive too hard to be good, to do good, to work hard, to give myself selflessly.

 

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