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A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Dear Colleagues,

HOW, IN THIS HELTER SKELTER WORLD, ARE WE TO MAKE SENSE OF LIFE AND HOW IT IS TO BE LIVED?

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HOW, IN THIS HELTER SKELTER WORLD, ARE WE TO MAKE SENSE OF LIFE AND HOW IT IS TO BE LIVED?

In Ecclesiastes, chapter 3, wise old Solomon offers us a few clues:

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.  (Ecc. 3:1) (See Ecc. 3:17; 7:14)

Therefore, take a deep breath and slow the pace. Sense Gods timing and then move with it. When we rush, we usually error and miss it.

A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,  a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,  a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. (Ecc. 3:2-8)  (See Job 14:5,14)

Therefore, learn to flex with the ying and yang of life.  Life is not a formula to be endured, but an  adventure to be celebrated.

He has made everything beautiful in its time(Ecc. 3:11a) (See Gen. 1:31; Deut. 32:4; Ecc. 7:29; Mk. 7:37)

Therefore, take the long view. God, on His timetable is producing something majestic and eternal. Few things in life of enduring beauty are born without time and pain.

He has also set eternity in the hearts of men. Yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (Ecc. 3:11b)  (See Deut. 29:29; Job 11:6,7; Jn. 15:15; Act. 1:7; Rom. 1:19,20; 11:33, 34; 1 Cor. 2:16)

Therefore, respond to the pull of God on your heart for things eternal.  Rest your unknown future in His hands, trusting that He is mysteriously working His eternal wonder for His glory and your future.  How boring life would be if we understood it all!

I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil–this is the gift of God. (Ecc. 3:12,13) (See Ecc 2:24; 5:18-20; 9:7)

Therefore, commemorate life! Live it to the fullest! Embrace your work as a sacred gift from God.

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.  (Ecc. 3:14) (See Psa. 33:11; 119:90, 91; Isa. 46:10; Dan. 4:34, 35; Eph. 3:9-11)

Therefore, recognize that God has everything covered, choreographed and on time.  Hes not in heaven wringing His hands, anxiously worried that something might slip through the cracks. Understand that His eternal work is about His glory, not ours.

God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked  (Ecc. 3:17b) (See Psa. 98:9; Ecc. 12:14; Matt. 16:27; 25:31-46; Jn. 5:22, 26-29; Act. 17:31; Rom. 2:5-9; 1Cor. 4:5; 2 Cor. 5:10; 2 Thes. 1:6-10; Rev. 20:11-15)

Therefore, live life with a clear understanding that God will call you to account.

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